On Tuesday 24th January, Swing Me Fit launched at Ufford Park Health & Spa.
In case you didn’t know, Swing Me Fit is a brand new style of exercise class set to the sounds of 1920‘s/30’s swing fused with house and upbeat modern rhythms. Each class incorporates sizzling, easy to follow aerobic and dance moves designed to burn fat, improve cardiovascular fitness and co-ordination, and to give you body-confidence.
In this post, I wanted to talk a little bit about how Swing Me Fit came to life as well as a thank you to everyone who came along.
I was sort of nervous and excited about the launch – it had been a long time coming, yet at the same time seemed to come around very quickly!
Back in April, I began revision for my anatomy and physiology. In September, I went to Bestival and found Club Dada, where we saw a fabulously funny and vintage-styled act called Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer – Chap Hop is his style – check him out if you get a moment. We also danced to Brighton’s DJ Tofu, who played an amazing mix of swing fused with hip-hop, breaks, house and drum and bass. I fell in love with the genre, and as soon as I got home began searching for some of the music I’d heard. As it turns out, I had some of it – in particular Mr Scruff’s ‘Get a Move On’ which is currently in the Swing Me Fit class. (I discovered Get a Move on many years ago at Club333 in London’s Shoreditch – that’s another story!).
So, as well as the music, there were people dancing the Lindy Hop, which I thought looked amazing, and the whole scene was so much fun!
I knew I was going to start my Level 2 Course in October, and as I listened to and researched the music, the idea for “Swing Me Fit” began to form. And once I started the course, there just seemed to be a natural fit with the aerobic moves and the music. I began playing around with mixes of the music for the various assessment tasks – and had some great feedback from tutors and my friends on the course – spurring me on to work on the idea. Perhaps it could something unique?
I passed my practical assessment just before Christmas, and in tandem with that (and looking after my toddler and pre-schooler, and doing some composing and recording work – yes, it’s been a busy time!) had been working on a look and feel for the idea. I wanted to be professional in all aspects of my first foray into teaching, and having worked in a branding and design agency many moons ago knew the importance of creating a distinctive look and needed one to be able to promote the class with.
As it turns out, I must have got something right, because the class was fully booked!
I got through the final part of my CYQ Level 2 qualification last Wednesday, just in time.
So armed with my music (and a crib sheet), and a prepared routine, we got to work! Initial feedback is very positive, and I felt the first class went very well – there are things I want to tweak to make it better but it is a journey! I’m keen on all feedback, so will be inviting regular dialogue with class attendees – it’s important to me so that I can be sure I am delivering on all aspects of my business from customer service to class content.
I am looking forward to working with my very first group of ladies on helping them to achieve their health and fitness goals. I also hope to launch new classes soon to answer demand. There’s lots of exciting things in the pipeline for Swing Me Fit, so I will keep you posted as they develop.
So I’ll sign off with a very big thank you to those who came to class, and for those who would like to get in touch, please do send me an email at the fitnessboutique @ yahoo.co.uk (removing the spaces) to ask to be added to mailing list so you can find out about new classes. Alternatively, there is a new Swing Me Fit Facebook page which will have class info.
Thanks for reading…until next time…