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Fitness Studio Opens in Memory of Krista Johnson

Elevate Youth Fitness Studio officially opened in the Phoenix Centre Saturday. The fitness facility will be operated by the Krista Johnson Memorial Fund. Marking the day are (l to r) P.J. Weller, Chris Johnson, Laurie Johnson, Pembroke Business Improvement Area board members Lou Hammill and Jane Loftus, Mayor Mike LeMay, Virginia Robinson and Brad Johnson.

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Fitness Studio Opens in Memory of Krista Johnson

Tue, 2015-02-03 11:23 -- admin

Another chapter in the legacy of Krista Johnson has been written.

Family, friends and supporters of the late community activist and physical fitness advocate gathered at the Phoenix Centre building in the centre of the city's downtown core to officially open Elevate, a free drop-in fitness studio will be available to youth aged 12 to 17 three days a week for a total of five hours.

The facility was opened under a partnership between the Phoenix Centre and the Krista Johnson Memorial Foundation. Looking around at the brightly green painted walls, Kirsta's mother, Laurie Johnson, was overwhelmed at the finished product.

"Krista always felt youth were not physically active enough," explained Laurie. "She always said people should never have to pay to be fit so hopefully this will fill a need."

The multi-use centre will also house the Live it Up program. It comes equipped with rowing and elliptical machines, treadmills, spin bikes, hand weights, kettle bells, resistance tubes and Bosu balls. The centre will also host special events like tae boxing, hip hop, zumba, yoga, Tabata and boot camps.


Sean Chase


Daily Observer

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