I started teaching Clubbercise in November 2016. I did the instructor training having never even taken a class! It was a huge risk, but I was so sure I would love everything about it. 18 months on I can say it's given me a purpose and completely changed my entire life.
It's a whole hour every day where I can be the person who never had anxiety or depression. I have days where I barely make it out of bed, but I don't ever dread teaching this class. It gets me out, moving and feeling exhilarated! As soon as that music starts, I am free to be the person I'm meant to be. People say it’s their happy hour and happy place, and for me I am most happiest when I am part of this amazing concept.
I can switch off and fully be myself in front of those ladies who look to me to inspire them. I get to help others by passing on my passion for dance. They get the first step on the ladder in fun, enjoyable fitness, which is incredible!
I’ve been able to find my voice and help others struggling with motivation to believe in themselves. I've seen many of my members drop insane amounts of lbs, or move a few rows forward, increasing in confidence, having been inspired by my own personal story.
This has given my life meaning and has been the making of me, particularly in helping those needing a breakthrough having "struggled and tried everything to lose unwanted weight and never seemed to get anywhere" or those who suffer with mental health issues and didn't know the benefits it has on your state of mind.
As a collective group we my class an I have raised over £4000 for mental health charities in our first year. As someone who is still suffering today, the cause is very close to my heart. I am so happy and proud that Clubbercise gave me this platform to do all of this.
When I thought about starting Clubbercise my aim was to do a job where I got to dance and have fun, and feel connected to people again. I have made whole new groups of like minded friends and so have many of my clubbers.
I don't teach anything other than Clubbercise yet… although it has opened up doors to an entirely new career for me. It's given me an income for the past 18 months to be able to quit my minimum wage full time waitress job, I am beyond lucky and grateful it has enabled me to travel, so far to Menorca, Hungary, Hawaii, LA and soon India!
However, the best bit is feeling like I am the best version of myself. When people get to see that, they too learn that they can achieve their goals. Mix that with singing, dancing, club atmosphere and endorphins and it just feels like I've gone on a night out with my closest friends 4 nights a week! I might ache after a new tracklist but there's never a hangover to be had. It's not just a job for me Clubbercise has MADE MY LIFE.