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Survey proves dance fitness has improved mental health during lockdown

A recent survey we conducted has shown that taking part in online dance fitness classes like Clubbercise regularly is helping people cope with the mental health challenges posed by the coronavirus crisis.

Over 1,000 people responded to the survey which was circulated to coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (18th-25th May). 91% of them said that the coronavirus situation had negatively affected their mental health.

97% of respondents said that dance fitness classes had improved their mental health and a whopping 84% said it had a reasonable or significant impact.

The majority of people who took part in the survey have been attending two or more online dance fitness classes a week.

The most common mental health conditions the respondents have been battling are anxiety (68%), stress (67%), and depression (46%).

Survey respondents were asked to identify the main reasons why they believe Clubbercise and other dance fitness classes have improved their mental health. At the top of the list were: the combination of dancing, music and exercise; the element of fun; the chance to get some 'me time' away from everything and the chance to virtually socialise with people outside the home.

Karen, who’s working from home whilst home-schooling her two children (one with special needs) said “My mental health has suffered a lot since the lockdown, I’ve had awful panic attacks. Since starting online Clubbercise classes I feel better, calmer and haven't had any more panic attacks.” While Helen, a nurse, said “As you can imagine work isn't the best place to be at the moment. However, doing Clubbercise makes me feel alive again.”

Perhaps signaling a change in the population’s approach to wellbeing during the coronavirus outbreak, 16% of respondents said they had not participated in face-to-face classes before lockdown and were completely new to dance fitness classes.

Claire Burlison, Clubbercise Founder & Brand Director says “The results of this survey are just incredible and I’m really happy that we’ve been able to take our classes online. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Clubbercise to reach more people around the world, improving both their physical and mental health during this difficult time and beyond…”

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Online Clubbercise training courses have launched!

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While many training providers have been postponing or cancelling courses due to the coronavirus crisis, we decided to take them online instead. So far three ‘virtual’ courses and one workshop have taken place.

On 3rd May Master Trainer Sonique headed online to train 24 brand new instructors who were originally due to do their course in Glasgow. These instructors can start making an income immediately because we've given them permission to run online classes while social distancing measures are in place.

Existing Clubbercise instructors had the opportunity to take part in one of two online ‘Kids Combo’ courses which allows them to teach Family, U13 and U18 Clubbercise classes. In total 66 people took part, including instructors in the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, and right now these classes can all be taught online, which opens up multiple new income streams for them. 

Each online course includes a mixture of live training and offline study, plus new instructors are required to submit a video assessment after the course.

“I’m really happy that we’ve been able to take our courses online, it’s something that’s been requested for a while, even before coronavirus came along. It’s a fantastic opportunity for Clubbercise to reach more people around the world, improving both their physical and mental health both at this difficult time and beyond…”

Claire Burlison, Clubbercise Founder & Brand Director

Instructors and licence holders were also able to take part in a specially designed online workshop called ‘RE:FRESH’. The main aims of the workshop were to give them the tools needed to make their online classes more successful and to connect the Clubbercise community during this period of uncertainty. Sessions included Masterclasses from top presenters as well as talks from industry experts on subjects like ‘how to stand out online’ and ‘top tips for Instagram success’.

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Tom’s Story - I was apprehensive but now I’m feeling the benefits big time!

Tom tries Clubbercise! 

Having seen how much my partner was enjoying Clubbercise and her telling me it was such great fun and a really good way to get fit, I decided to take the plunge and join her. As an overweight man approaching 40, needless to say not only was I apprehensive about going to a dance class but would it be beneficial?

My apprehension was totally unfounded and I was made to feel extremely welcome and comfortable by the instructor Natalie on my first of what has come to be many more Clubbercise sessions.

Despite not knowing any of the routines to start with I have quickly learned most of them. I couldn't believe after the first session I was pouring with sweat! Could this be the start of something really beneficial in my life? My work is extremely stressful mentally and is predominantly desk based.

At the start of this year, I committed to attending Clubbercise as much as I could, which has worked out on average twice a week. I've cut out eating sugar and having chocolate fixes to get me through the day and I’ve started eating more healthy.

At the start of January I weighed 16.5 stone and after working over the Christmas period, not only was I overweight for a man of 39 years at 6'2" but I was also stressed. Two months later, having committed to regular Clubbercise classes and healthy eating I am now weighing in at 14.5 stone and the inches are dropping off my waistline.

I’m also finding that the regular workouts are doing wonders for my mental wellbeing. I now feel a lot happier in general and have a much more positive outlook on life.

 As an unfit male, with little to no coordination I would wholeheartedly recommend Clubbercise to any men wanting to get fit, especially if your other half goes. Nobody is judgemental and everyone has been so welcoming and encouraging.

I still want to lose more weight but I am confident that I will achieve my ultimate goal which is in no small part due to Clubbercise!

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Megan’s Story: Clubbercise has completely changed my life, both mentally and physically

Megan Topping Clubbercise Instructor

Growing up I was extremely shy and completely lacking in self confidence. I always believed that I wasn’t good enough, or that I wasn’t capable of doing what I wanted to do.

When I was 19 I came across an ad for a Clubbercise class near me. I was intrigued to see that it had glow sticks, disco lights and club anthems but most importantly it was taught in a darkened room where no one could see what I was doing. I thought “I’M IN!”

I was nervous about going to a class where I knew nobody but a week later I turned up, on my own, and stood as close to the back as possible. Before I knew it, I felt totally at ease.

I’d finally found a class that I absolutely loved and it felt like nobody was judging me or watching what I was doing.

I went home after that class on such a high, and straight away booked to go back the week after. As the weeks went by I made my way closer and closer to the front of the class. My confidence started to grow and I enjoyed it more and more each time. 

One week, after class, my instructor suggested that I look into doing the Clubbercise instructor training. At first laughed it off... me, do the training course, absolutely not! But the more I thought about doing it, the more I fell in love with the idea.

I booked onto the Clubbercise instructor training just four months after starting my first class, super nervous and not knowing what to expect, and I found something I loved to do.

Inspired to do more, I also booked onto the ‘Kids Combo’ training so I could teach Clubbercise to children and families.

For me, it just felt like the more courses I took part in, the more my love for Clubbercise and fitness in general grew. Within 18 months, I qualified in Level 2 Exercise to Music, Level 2 Gym Instructor and Level 3 Personal Training.

I went from being shy and quiet and too scared to get up in front of a class, to teaching ten fitness classes a week, working in a gym full time and running my own personal training business.

If anyone had asked me four years ago what I would be doing now, I would definitely not have believed that I would be where I am now.

Attending my first Clubbercise class four years ago has completely changed my life, both mentally and physically.

I’ve also met other amazing instructors along the way who are a great support network.

If you have a dream, go for it! Don’t give up and remember that absolutely anything is possible.


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