Swing Me Fit launches!

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…


Think you’re too busy to exercise? Think again!

I do understand. I’ve said it myself. “I just don’t have time to exercise. I am far too busy with everything to add exercising into my routine – when would I fit it in?”. Add to that the fact that you’re totally exhausted; don’t have the energy to go out after a long days slog looking after the kids, or you had a tough day at work; you’ve no-one to babysit; AND you’ve got to cook dinner, get through a huge pile of ironing, and would quite like to catch up with your friends or family. The sofa and a large glass of wine looks more attractive than it ever has before.

Getting into a routine with exercise IS hard work initially, but rather than wondering whether you can afford the time to exercise, you  should be wondering whether you can afford not to.

Exercising regularly has SO many health benefits it’s barely believable. And whilst I don’t have a magic remedy for bringing more time into your life I do have a suggestion which may help you to find the time: make time.

If you’re not ready to launch yourself into full fitness just yet, then that’s okay, although I can recommend you do to feel glowing and fabulous. Simply becoming more active with 30 minutes of low-moderate intensity activity 5-7 times a week – walking, gardening, dancing, going to the park with the kids, walking the dog, even housework adds 3-4 years to your life. It can also bring about the following benefits:

  • Decrease the risk of coronary heart disease
  • Normalise blood pressure
  • Decrease high cholesterol
  • Protect against osteoporosis
  • Decrease the risk of Type II Diabetes
  • Reduce the risk of developing some cancers
  • Weight management
  • Improve confidence and wellbeing
  • Strengthen bones, joints and muscles to improve stability and posture
Sometimes the hardest part of making a change is actually getting on with it, and the benefits you’ve read about today are only the tip of the iceberg.
The point is, rather than saying you don’t have the time, take a look at your life and shuffle some things around. MAKE time to bring some activity into your life. You’ll feel better for it. I guarantee you.
‘Til next time,

Choosing your fitness activities

Good morning! Here is the next, and most fun part of “Planning you way to Fitness” – it’s time to list everything you’ve researched and make some choices about what you’re going to try so that you have all the information you need to put a timetable together. Read on…

3. List your options

Now you need to create a list or pile of ‘potentials’ – that is, things you think you might enjoy, that are the right price, or jump out as fitting in with your busy schedule. Add or highlight contact emails / phone numbers in readiness for Step 4. Ditch things that don’t work for you – the ones that cost too much, the ones that aren’t perhaps quite your cup of tea, the ones which you know you won’t be able to get to because of other commitments. The fun’s about to begin, and you are about to get active as you head to Step 4…

4. Try before you buy

Now it’s time to try some activities out to help you make your decision about what you’ll be adding to your first timetable! Refer to your list of numbers, and get on the phone to book some trial sessions. Very often you can have your first session free to see if it’s you. If it’s not clear on the promotional material, it’s always worth an ask. Instructors are keen to have new people on their books all the time and are more than willing to let you come and have a try! If it’s not on the promotional material don’t forget to ask them what you should bring to class, what you can expect, whether they have space at the moment if you wanted to attend regularly, how they like to be paid, and any other burning questions you can think of! Realistically, you can expect to take two to three weeks in this stage of your prep. When you’ve tried everything, and found out about availability, you will be armed with all the knowledge you need to create your very own fitness timetable, and well on the way to the new and healthy you.

Good luck!

Ready, steady, GO!

Afternoon! Just checking in to see how your search for enjoyable fitness classes or activities in your local area is going? Have you started it yet? If not, why not!

This is a great week – it’s the first full week the kids are back at school, everyone’s back at work, and the gyms and exercise instructors in your area are looking for people like you to get involved in kick starting your new year with some fun fitness! There will be plenty of incentives and special offers running, so make the most of it. Energy may have slumped over the festive season, but it’s also running high as we prepare to get into gear and freshen up in readiness for Springtime.

Yes, the nights are still dark, but regular exercise will boost your mood and get those happy hormones coursing round your body – just what’s needed at this time of year!

So make the most of it, and seek out some fab activities in your local area by following the suggestions here because later in the week, we’ll be on to the next, and most fun bit of planning your way to fitness!

Until then!


Plan your way to fitness

Feeling sluggish after an over-indulgent Christmas? Made a resolution to get healthy this year? Then here’s a simple step by step plan to help get you organised.

I can personally vouch for it! I was feeling low, grumpy, overweight, tired, and demotivated when I created it. After the planning, within 6 weeks I had lost some weight, was feeling happier, and was enjoying some valuable time to myself. I was not the only one to benefit – the rest of the family were able to enjoy a much calmer and contented me (most days!), too.

By following this plan, you can start to take control of your wellbeing and taking positive steps to a healthy new you! So what are you waiting for?

1. Plan your exercise budget.   

The very first thing to do. Work out a weekly/monthly budget for exercise/wellbeing. Be realistic! Once you have a figure in mind then you can choose your exercise options are and create your timetable – and don’t forget, group exercise classes are an affordable, fun, and social way of getting and staying fit. You are now ready for Step 2 – Research.

2. Research options in your local area. 

Now your aim is to gather as much information as possible about what’s on close by that you might enjoy, so get out there and start researching! Tap into your own personal resource – your friends! If they are enjoying a particular class, or activity, there’s a chance you will, too. Online, Google’s the obvious first port of call, a new site www.classfinder.org.uk is a good one to try, and the sites for mums often have listings for classes. Don’t forget to check out your local gyms, and look out for flyers around your town – in cafe’s, at the library, bookshops, post office and supermarket in your search. Make a list / pile of everything you find in preparation for Step 3 – Listing, which I’ll post later this week…

Good luck and have fun!


Fun ways to get active which are good for the soul!

1. Pick three of your favourite upbeat tunes (radio edits are usually three-ish minutes long), put them on the stereo, and dance with wild abandon, three times a day. The powerful combination of your favourite music and exercise will help release your endorphins which induce a feeling of wellbeing.

2. Ditch the car, wrap up warm, and go for a brisk walk for 30 minutes. It’s cheaper than driving and parking, better for the environment, will get your heart working, and will clear the cobwebs out.

3. Take the kids to the park and kick a ball around with them. Bonding time with your children will make you feel good, and being regularly active will help to instil healthy habits in your little ones while they’re young.

4. Go for a long brisk walk with a good friend. It’s more motivating to exercise with someone, it’s good for the soul to spend time with someone you care for, and you can always reward yourself at the end with a treat (roasty on a Sunday, anyone?!).

5. Clean the house. Clear everyone out of the way, turn your favourite music up on the stereo and go for it! It’s easy to clock up your 30 minutes in a frenzy of dusting, tidying and hoovering. Make sure when you’re bending down you bend at the hips and knees, and think tall and proud with your posture – chest lifted, shoulders back, tummy engaged.  You’ll feel glowing, and very zen in your beautifully loved and tidy home.

6. Go out dancing. Whether it’s a dance class, a dance-based exercise class, or to a club or bar where you can let rip on the dancefloor, there’s no better way to forget your cares. If you go with a friend or partner, it’s a great way to have some bonding time too.

Blitz the winter blues with a workout that doesn’t feel like a workout!

What better way to kick off the New Year and shift a few calories, than with a new workout!

“Swing me Fit” is a brand new total body workout set to the exciting sounds of 1920’s/30’s swing style music fused with house, and upbeat modern rhythms.

Incorporating easy to follow aerobic and dance moves designed to burn fat, improve cardiovascular fitness and co-ordination and give you body-confidence, “Swing me Fit” guarantees maximum fun and maximum fitness for all ages and levels, including beginners

If you want a new challenge – to have some fun, meet some new people, get fit, stay fit, gain confidence come along and give it a try!

For more details, visit www.swingmefit.com

“Swing me Fit” launches on Tuesday 24th January at Ufford Park Health and Spa, 6.45-7.45pm, and takes place every Tuesday. Spaces are filling up fast, so pre-booking is advised. £4.50 for non-members / £3.50 members. To book, call: 01394 386 449.