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Jason Penner

Head Trainer/Owner
jaypenner@aspirefitness.ca
Aspire Fitness is run by Jason Penner who has been in the athletic field since he was a young boy playing soccer. Jason then moved his focus to football, his career started with the Charleswood Broncos, then moved to his high school football team, the Oak Park Raiders. During his high school career Jason was highly decorated as a lineman, receiving the Kas Vidruk trophy (most outstanding lineman) two of his four years playing high school football. After high school Jason moved on to the University of Manitoba, where he and the Bison football program went to Toronto to compete in the 2001 Vanier Cup. Jason’s final year of football came as a running back for the inaugural season of the Winnipeg Rifles, he thoroughly enjoyed his time on the field but felt it was time to move on and concentrate on his academic career. When not on the gridiron Jason found himself in the class room pursuing his Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science. The four year degree offers courses ranging from the sociology of sport and exercise, to physiology of sport as well as the biomechanics of movement. Jason utilizes this multi-discipline approach to help clients reach their goals. During his final year of school, he began Aspire Fitness which to date has helped over 500 clients achieve their goals. Jason is always looking to further his education through literature and application.

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Jeff Kearns

Kinesiologist
jeff@aspirefitness.ca

Jeff, holds a bachelors degree in Kinesiology along with his CPT certification from the University of Winnipeg, an avid athlete turned fitness professional. A constant need for improvement and challenge is the driving factor behind his training. Coming from a long childhood filled with an abundance of sport has given him the mentality of “anything worth doing is worth doing full out”. Newest sports to add to the list are adventure racing and marathon running. Both sports are demanding mentally and physically. By competing personally in these sports has offered up personal insight into the training required, to both stay injury free while competing but also how to be competitive. He has been in the fitness industry for 6 yrs, training a wide variety of people from those looking to put on muscle mass to those looking to shed weight, professional athletes to elders looking to improve their activities of daily living. With a background in occupational testing he has the knowledge of training police, firefighter, paramedics and Canadian forces candidates how to get into their respective fields. Jeff feels as though a great trainer is a well rounded trainer, incorporating many different training techniques for all types of clients.

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Erica Wilken

Human Performance Specialist
erica@aspirefitness.ca
Erica graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor’s Degree in Kinesiology with a focus on aging. A firm believer in continuing education she has completed her CPT through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology, Exercise is Medicine Canada Level 1 and Functional Movement Systems Levels 1 & 2. She grew up swimming competitively until a shoulder injury forced her to retire. This injury may have forced her to quit but it inspired her future career.
Erica is passionate about using exercise to help prevent injury as well as chronic disease. This passion led her to the Function Movement System. The Functional Movement Screen is a series of 6 tests that assess movement patterns that are key to normal function. By screening these patterns the test identifies asymmetries and functional limitations, by doing so it gives valuable insight which can help prevent injury and enhance performance. Erica believes in taking a client-centred approach to training and is determined to help everyone attain their personal goals.
To keep active she enjoys everything from swimming to hot yoga. Recreational swimming has recently evolved into training for triathlons. Erica is always looking for new fun ways to keep active, and is always open to trying a new class or activity.

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McKenzie Hill

Yoga Instructor
A sucker for any type of physical activity, Mckenzie took her first yoga class at a local studio intending to “see what all the hype was about”. After incorporating it into her routine, she soon discovered for herself the complimentary cross training benefits of yoga to her usual high impact fitness regime of running, competitive sports, and strength training. Currently she is pursuing her Bachelor of Education at the University of Winnipeg, with a minor in Kinesiology. Studying holisitc health, nutrition, physical fitness and their crucial roles in leading a balanced life has only increased Mckenzie’s desire to share her love of yoga and its benefits. She received her Mini Yogis Instructor Certification in 2010, and has never looked back. She is excited to share this fantastic practice with others through Aspire Fitness.

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Sherri

Pushups to Pinups Coordinator
Sherri is an Aspire Fitness client that we first met when she participated in the second class of Pushups to Pinups program. Sherri’s previous participation in sports was in basketball, soccer, and running. Sherri felt it was time for a new fitness challenge and her husband, one of our client’s, suggested meeting with us to discuss the P2P program and even though she felt a bit nervous, Sherri signed up, jumped right into the program and never looked back. Since completing the program, Sherri has achieved her personal best half marathon finish and is trying her hand at adventure racing.
Having completed the P2P program, Sherri has an appreciation of the time and effort necessary to be successful in this program. She is available to answer any questions you may have throughout the P2P program, including organizing the services available prior to your photo shoot as well as booking your shoot with the very talented Kelly Morton of Kelly Morton Photography.

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