Fitness is a Feeling!

It’s too often that we use exercise as a form of punishment. After eating too much or over-indulging on a few too many cocktails, we become desperate to undo the “damage”.  First of all we should not be feeling guilty for enjoying food, because life is way too short not to eat cake, and let’s face it who doesn’t love a cheeky cocktail? It’s all about moderation. Secondly, we need to start focusing on how great exercise is for our bodies both mentally and physically.  It should NOT feel like a form of torture- although sets of burpees do come close. It SHOULD make you feel happy and strong, and maybe even a little bit (or in my case a lot) sweaty. I mean after completing all of those burpees can you blame me? But, despite all the sweating I do feel like the next Beyoncé, and that’s a feeling nobody should be missing out on!

It’s time to start promoting exercise as something fun, beneficial and a huge celebrations of what our bodies can do. Every time I survive a workout whether it is a quick 10 minute HIIT session or 1 hour shaking Zumba fest, I feel so proud. I feel happy. Rather than concentrating on how many calories I’m burning, or how much weight I’m losing, or how much closer I am to my “bikini body”  I’m now focusing on improving my strength and stamina, pushing myself and thriving from the physical and mental challenge and I’m doing it all with a smile on my face. If fitness isn’t making you happy, if it isn’t making you feel GOOD, why are you doing it? Ask yourself this: if exercise had zero impact on your weight or appearance, would you still workout?

Exercise shouldn’t just be about how much impact it has on your physical appearance. You are not unsuccessful if you do not lose weight. Obviously, weight loss can be a factor to consider when exercising BUT it is not the only, or the most important one.  You can feel good in your body without losing weight. You can ENJOY exercise without weight loss being the only marker of success. You can be fit, strong and sexy without being size zero. Exercise is so focused on what we look like that we forget to think about how it makes us FEEL. Fitness should be about feeling not about aspiring to be a certain body type, because YOU are already awesome. I know in the past I have definitely been guilty of punishing my body. With all the comparing that comes with social media it’s hard not to, after all I’m only human. Then I think that as much as I would love to have Kendall Jenner’s body, my body allows me to teach all these classes, to dance and bounce around like Tigger and I am so incredibly grateful for that. It allows me to do what I love and because of that I need to love it more. Putting things into perspective sometimes helps me. I know I am lucky. I know there are so many people who are unable or incapable of doing exercise and therefore, punishing my body for what I ate is only taking it for granted. The human body (and mind) is capable of so many incredible things- let’s celebrate that. Let’s celebrate our bodies, and what they can achieve. Let’s exercise because we can, not because we have to. Let’s eat the cake without feeling guilty, because it taste good and let’s channel our inner Beyoncé because everyone deserves to feel a little bit more like Beyoncé.

ADULT STREET

GET UP OFFA THAT THING!!

Adult Street dance is an upbeat class that aims to develop technique, style and self-confidence in a FUN and non-judgemental environment. I mainly focus on the commercial dance style with core elements of street: hip-hop, popping and locking.

For adults with loads, some, or no experience come and let loose and get your groove on! You do not HAVE to be a dancer to join.

*Please note class has a different structure than my fitness-based classes.

CLUBBERCISE®

Clubbercise® is a fun, full-body workout with a BANGING soundtrack set to club anthems, in a darkened room with glow sticks. Get ready for exercise in disguise. I’ll have you dancing yourself happy and sweating until you sparkle, without even realising it.

This class is suitable for everybody because everybody’s free to feel good! So, grab your sticks and let’s GLOW!! Destination dance floor here we come.

POUND®

Channel your inner rockstar with this full-body cardio-jam session inspired by the infectious, energizing, and sweat-dripping fun of playing the drums. POUND® is an exhilarating workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates-inspired movements. Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

After you’re done rocking out in a 45- minute POUND® class, you’ll have completed up to 15,000 reps, performed over 30 extended interval peaks, and zipped through more than 70 techniques without even realising it. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your Ripstix and let’s rock!

ZUMBA®

Ditch the workout. Join the party. Zumba® is a hot, hip-swivelling workout where African, Caribbean and Latin dance moves are combined with aerobic movements to create a fun and incredible workout.

My Zumba® classes are a full-body-burner guaranteed to get you shaking, sweating and smiling no matter your age or ability. Zumba® is for ALL!

So, if you want to shake it like Shakira whilst getting a booty like Beyoncé this is the class for you!