January 12, 2011
Kamloops, B.C. - The City of Kamloops is excited to celebrate 10,000 participants in its Gentle Circuit fitness program. The lucky 10,000th participant, Sue Harder, received a specially designed yoga jacket, six-month track pass and complimentary registration in a Strength and Stretch class, during a celebration held at the Tournament Capital this morning.
The class, taught by Fitness Leader Rhonda Eden, is designed for the beginner exerciser. They range from healthy individuals to graduates of the various chronic disease programs offered through the Strategic Health Alliance, including the Vascular Improvement Program and Sensational Survivors. The program is a combination of cardiovascular and strength exercises using the Easy Line circuit at the Tournament Capital Centre, as well as free weights, balance pads and stability balls.
Gentle Circuit began as a paid class twice a week from January to March 2009. At that time the course received a total of only four registrants. During the spring of 2009, the class was pitched to be a value-added class, which ran from March to September 2009, three days a week. The positive feedback was overwhelming, so the class was increased to five days a week in September 2009. There are often wait lists for this popular class, even with a capacity of 24 participants.
Gentle Circuit continues to be so well-received that a graduate program called 'Strength and Stretch' was added for January 2011, which filled with 20 participants in only one week. This January marks two full years of Gentle Circuit, and 10,000 participants.
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Danielle Harkies, Exercise Specialist
City of Kamloops