Skinny Doesn’t Equal Happy!

You can’t find happiness in a diet, forcing exercise or even fitting into a pair of XS jeans. Your worth and happiness doesn’t come from a number on a scale or the size of your clothing. And here’s proof of that.

My Story:

My obsession with being thin began without me even realising it. I used to travel to France as a teenager to visit my friend who lived there.  One time I visited her Dad told me I had lost weight, and I looked better for it. It was a big compliment. I felt proud of myself, thinking that in losing weight I had become prettier and better but, without realising it probably triggered a fixation.

It’s funny how words stick in your mind, and that somewhat harmless comment stuck in mine. Every time I visited my friend after that I had to be skinnier. I remember the week before I flew forcing myself to do sit ups every night until I fell asleep. Looking back I cringe at this knowing how silly I was being. But, at the time I just couldn’t see it.

The year that followed I got into my first relationship, which wasn’t a healthy one. I was cheated on, controlled and made to constantly feel like I wasn’t good enough. He once told me that if I got fat he would dump me. Who even says that?! Why did I even put up with that?

My self esteem was at an all time low I clung to the idea that being skinny would make everything better.  I would be dancing six days a week, constantly obsessing over what I ate and the calories I consumed. I would cry over a packet of crisps that I would want to eat but couldn’t.  I felt proud for skipping meals and terrible for ‘over-eating’.  I clearly wasn’t happy and I definitely wasn’t healthy.

Luckily skip to 2020 and here I am. I don’t count calories and I bloomin’ love crisps. Instead I listen to my body and eat what it craves. I’m in a healthy relationship with a guy that supports me and loves me no matter my size. I love my job! It has totally changed my approach to fitness and wellbeing. Now I workout because I love it not because I want to be skinny, in fact I want to be STRONG. Exercise is now a celebration of what my body can do, not a punishment for what I ate.

You Are Enough

Looking back I regret that I spent so much time trying to mould my body into something “perfect” I forgot to love myself as I was. Being skinny didn’t make me any happier, in fact it I was pretty miserable. It was only when I started looking after my health and put myself first that I really started feeling happy. If you love your body, it will love you back. Obviously, this self-love didn’t happen overnight. It took work. It still takes work but I’m slowly learning.

Beauty comes in all shapes and sizes. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Embrace every inch of YOU. Don’t worry about your weight. Eat the chocolate, drink the wine. Life is way too short not to.

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!