Olympic hopeful hosts fundraising boot camps

Fitness buffs looking for a good workout will be able to get some hands-on training from Olympic hopeful Isatu Fofanah.

Olympic hopeful and Ponoka-raised Isatu Fofanah is hosting two fundraising workout classes with help from Rip'n Ronnie's Fitness to help pay for her training. The sessions will be held at Rip'n Ronnie's gym.

Olympic hopeful and Ponoka-raised Isatu Fofanah is hosting two fundraising workout classes with help from Rip'n Ronnie's Fitness to help pay for her training. The sessions will be held at Rip'n Ronnie's gym.

Fitness buffs looking for a good workout will be able to get some hands-on training from Olympic hopeful Isatu Fofanah.

The Ponoka-raised sprinter is training twice a day, six days a week in preparation for Team Canada tryouts set for July, but with the training camps, sprint meets and vigorous workout routines comes a high cost. To help pay for that, Fofanah is hosting two fundraiser boot camps with help from Rip’n Ronnie’s Fitness.

Camps are set for Saturday, March 12 and 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. at the gym and organizers are asking for a $20 donation, or more if desired, to have Fofanah show them the ropes.

Her goal is to “hopefully get people moving and changing their lifestyles and getting into shape.”

While much of her training work is timed, Fofanah says she will get people into core workouts.

“It’s a full body circuit workout that’s going to incorporate squats with dead lifts and light weights,” said Fofanah.

For his part, Rip’n Ronnie’s owner Sheldon Ronnie said the company has always supported Ponoka’s athletes through free memberships and in Fofanah’s case, they have also donated funds to help with her goals.

He said it’s not often people get to work out with an Olympic calibre athlete but added that all fitness levels are welcome.

For more information call the gym at 403-790-7476.