By Kim Duke, Owner, Core Performance Fitness & Training

Core Performance Fitness and Training is so proud to welcome and announce that Shawna Gursky will be joining our team of fitness instructors.

Shawna is not only a certified pilates and kick boxing instructor, she is also a cancer survivor.  As a matter of fact, Shawna just received a clean bill of health with no limitations from Roswell Cancer Institute last Tuesday, Oct. 27.

When asked about her cancer scare and subsequent battle against this disease, Gursky is very open and forthright. She will tell you how she discovered a lump with a self-breast exam and how she then had to convince the doctors and radiologists to keep looking when they told her there was nothing in her mammogram that showed cancer.  She will tell you how her persistence led to a biopsy that ultimately led to the diagnosis she dreaded. That was July 26, 2013.

Since that diagnosis, Gursky had a double mastectomy and endured eight rounds of chemotherapy. She lost her hair, but never her faith. Today, she is healthy and ready to get back into the fitness industry.

Starting Nov. 10, Gursky will be teaching pilates every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-6:45p.m.

For those of you unfamiliar with pilates, here is a brief description according to Wikipedia:

“Pilates, developed by Joseph Pilates, is the art of controlled movements. Its emphasis is on alignment, breathing, developing a strong core, and improving coordination and balance. Intensity can be increased over time as the body conditions and adapts to the exercises.”

For more information about this and other classes at Core Performance Fitness and Training, check out our Facebook page, Core Performance Health and Fitness, or contact us at (716) 698-1198.