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Kirkland Fitness Instructor Receives Statewide Recognition

Gina Casanova, EnhanceFitness Instructor at Peter Kirk Community Center, received the 2018 Washington Instructor of the Year Award from Sound Generations and EnhanceFitness last month.

Casanova celebrated the award, which was awarded to her “for exceeding teaching expectations”, with her students at the community center on July 23.

The EnhanceFitness program is a unique and comprehensive program developed by Seattle-based Senior Services in partnership with the University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative. This program is safe for adults 50 years and older with a wide range of physical abilities.

According to the EnhanceFitness website, this low-cost, evidence-based exercise and falls prevention program helps seniors at all fitness levels become more active, energetic and empowered to lead independent lives.

A certified instructor with special training in bringing out the best physique in the elderly leads the class, which includes a five-minute warm-up, 20-minute aerobic workout, five-minute cool-down, 20-minute strength training workout and a 10 minute stretching session.

The hour-long course focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance and flexibility, and offers plenty of opportunities for participants to make new friends and acquaintances.

For more information on the Peter Kirk Community Center programs, visit or call 425-587-3360.

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