I discovered dance fitness by accident. I'd known about it and knew of Zumba for a long time but never really bothered trying it. I always had this believe that dance fitness was a lot of cha-chaing and was a gentle form of exercise.
Which it is for certain classes and that isn't a bad thing at all! It just wasn't of interest to me.
I went to my local gym one Thursday for a spin class to find out when I got there that it was cancelled. I didn't want to go home after I'd gotten ready and made my way there so I looked on the timetable and found there was a dance fitness class on at the same time in one of the studios at the same time the spin class I was meant to be attending was. So I thought I'd give it a try and, oh boy, did I love it! This was not gentle, this was fast. It was exciting, the music was loud, the light a we're dimmed and disco lights were on and it was relentless. My brain was overwhelmed by the noise, the lights, I had to concentrate with all my might to stay in time and to keep moving for the whole hour. And it was exactly what I needed. I came out not knowing what had just happened but my brain had just spent the whole hour having to forget every thought and disrupt every disruptive thought process to keep myself going in the class. It fully broke the destructive chains of thought and filled the gaps with sound and movements.
I was then attending every Thursday. Then twice a week. And it grew and grew and grew. Until one day, I decided that I wanted to be able to help other people in the same way this class had done for me. So I plucked up my courage and trained to be a dance fitness instructor with a local franchise.
And it was an incredibly tough training course. The training was over the course of a weekend for two full days. I was nervous, I didn't know all the routines, I wondered if I was capable and found myself so tired at the end of each day that I didn't know whether I could go on.
But I don't give up easily. I kept going and got the qualification and gained something even better at the same time; I made a friend called Louisa.
Together, along with other new instructors, we supported eachother in our first classes, attending each others classes and offering support when we were quietly panicking inside.
And I loved my time teaching those classes.
I was teaching these classes for over a year and I started finding myself creating my own routines. I couldn't teach them in my classes so I just did them for myself. Then I found I had made quite a few and I wanted to teach my own routines and to different music I loved.
And Flit Fitness was starting to be created.
Stay tuned for more!