17 year old Jen shares her story on World Mental Health Day: 10/10/18.
Joining Clubbercise was one of the first big steps that I took after being diagnosed with Depression in order to create some sort of meaning for myself.
My Clubbercise journey started in January this year when I messaged my local instructor Anna to find out more information. It was the best thing I’ve ever done.
I’m lucky enough to have a friend, Lou, who was just as intrigued by the concept as me... and now we are IN LOVE with both the activity and the 'Glow Family' we have been adopted by!
There are no words to describe how I feel when I walk into the room and know that I can just be Jen for an hour.
My mental illness turned me into someone who I have never seen as my true self... I changed from a super bubbly and outgoing person to someone who was extremely anxious and unmotivated.
However, Clubbercise offers me the opportunity to be exactly who I am, and feel exactly how I feel with no judgement, but also leaves me feeling AMAZING every single time!
I've gained so much confidence that I surprise myself sometimes - I started at the back of the class but now frequent the front row... 2017 Jen would never have believed it.
Clubbercise really is ‘exercise in disguise’. I mean, where else can you cover your face in UV paint and glitter whilst waving around glow sticks and singing your heart out to 90’s classics in ridiculously brightly patterned leggings without feeling even the tiniest bit out of place?!
The idea that the class is done in the dark is what caught my attention to begin with... there’s no need to worry about how silly you may look, only how great you feel! I never laugh or smile as much at any other point of the week as I do within ‘glow time’ - Thursdays are now my favourite day of the week.
Exercise has never really been a passion of mine, but Clubbercise has been the main contributor to the positive flip in attitude that I’ve experienced this year.
It kickstarted my obsession with fitness and simply finding a purpose to get through the week. I often find that I tell myself ‘as long as you get through to Thursday, you will be okay’ and that is all down to the class itself and the wonderful people involved!
Previous to walking through the door for the first session, I had nothing that would entice me out of the house, sometimes out of bed. Now, I jump at the mention of extra classes and I manage to get through the week, even when I feel at my lowest, because I know that Clubbercise is what makes me feel alive… Clubbercise is my happy and safe space.
I was told by someone not too long ago that "you need to find something that is worth living for, something to help you make the right decision on your darkest days". Although it’s cheesy, Clubbercise is just that for me and I think that if it wasn’t for the class itself, my instructor Anna, and my friend Lou, I wouldn’t be here anymore. Dramatic, but oh so true.
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