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A former Bison hoopster is hoping to help whip locals into shape.

Marjorie Kelly, who won awards including CIAU Rookie of the Year in 1994-95 and CIAU Defensive Player of the Year in 2000-01 as a guard for the University of Manitoba Bisons, has started up Changing Moods Lifestyle offering a variety of training services.

The North Kildonan resident, who was inducted into the Manitoba Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011, is holding outdoor boot camps based out of 200 Thompson Dr. in Sturgeon Creek, but also occasionally holds sessions at Body Balance Fitness and Massage at 1121 Henderson Hwy.

Kelly, mother to a five-year-old, said she’s targeting families more than athletes, and aims to give attendees a full-body workout — in part through basketball and kickboxing techniques.

"We’ve got a little stutter step going," she said. "You’re picking up a ball, almost making a basketball shot. It’s movement that targets the core. Basketball also targets the legs, so gluts and things like that."

Kelly noted those of any age can get something from the sessions, noting her five-year-old can do some of the exercises.

"She knows how to do burpees and she can do pushups," said Kelly, who is certified as a personal trainer and a fitness instructor through canfitpro (Canadian Fitness Professionals).

"Anybody that comes out can get the benefit of the movement, but teens would probably really benefit from it. At that age, you’re health-conscious, so getting around and moving and feeling good, that’s common at that age."

Kelly explained she’s unofficially been training people for as long as she’s played sports, and she got her official certification two years ago.

While at the U of M, the now-37-year-old coached basketball at Mini University, and continued on that path in a different sense. Kelly worked as an employment coach in Toronto for the past 12 years while training people part-time.

"Coaching crosses over," she said. "Coaching in one aspect aids coaching in another aspect. I’m just helping people now in a different area."

Kelly also offers small-group training, including sessions for couples.

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/mklifestyle or call 204-960-6310.

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