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

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?

Tom tries Clubbercise! 


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

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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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Andy's Story: I've lost 6 stone and feel much more confident

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My Journey first started just over 2 years ago when I went through a breakup with my wife.

I decided that I wanted to make a positive change in both how I looked and how I felt.

I experimented with different types of fitness such as boxing and circuit training. Whilst I went the classes and learnt a lot about my body I wasn’t really enjoying what I was doing. 

Once of my friends recommended Clubbercise to me due to the type of physical workout involved as well as the great atmosphere and tunes. I can honestly say that from my first class I instantly fell in love.

When I started going to my classes in Crewe I was the only man who went to the class. Some people may find it daunting however my teacher Emma is so motivating, welcoming and is always looking to get everyone involved. I go 2-3 times a week and cannot get enough! 


I've now lost 6 stone and feel much more confident about myself as well as meeting some amazing people along the way


Clubbercise has helped me so much and for anyone who has doubts about it my message would be to go for it. I can guarantee after one session you will want to go back for more!!!

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Emma's story: Clubbercise changed my life after my arthritis diagnosis

Emma’s Story

In 2016 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid arthritis which is an autoimmune disease. My left hip, back, pelvis, neck and hands get affected the most.

Due to the chronic inflammation in my joints, I struggled with pain management and I became extremely depressed, I couldn’t exercise as every time I tried the pain was so bad I’d want to cry. That caused me to comfort eat, I put on weight and got even more depressed. This was psychologically challenging for me as I’ve always exercised and kept relatively fit and healthy.

Towards the end of 2018, my friend Lisa told me she’d started Clubbercise with Mel. She said I should go with her and after a couple of months of her insisting, I thought why not!

What happened after the first class I can’t even put into words, I totally fell in love with Clubbercise! The music, the dancing, the atmosphere and the people, it was such an adrenaline rush and I loved it. I took it at my own pace and with every class that passed I became happier and could do a little more every time.


Clubbercise is my medicine and although it can never cure my condition, and I will still have flare ups and challenging periods of time, it is helping me manage not only my physical but mental health too.


Unfortunately I had to have an operation which meant I couldn’t go to class for 6 weeks in April and I felt lost and sad. I was so motivated to get better to get back to Clubbercise.

When I went back after my operation, Mel checked in with me and gave me some great advice; soon I started to feel fitter and healthier. I’ve lost weight, and I’m motivated to make better lifestyle choices. My partner and I try to go twice a week now when we can, I even find myself dancing to the songs at home.

 

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I’ve met the most amazing people at classes who make Clubbercise so much fun, they inspire me so very much and I’ve made some great friends.
Tuesdays and Wednesdays are now my favourite days of the week!

Mel is such a wonderful instructor, she not only makes the classes so much fun, but she has been so caring and compassionate to me in my journey.


I’ve stopped needing to take my methotrexate which was the medication I was on and my mental health is in a very good place.


Mel asked me if I’d like to share my story; we’re hoping it’ll help anybody suffering with a similar condition to me to believe that there is hope amidst the pain and sadness.

Clubbercise has changed my life and I’d recommend everybody to try it, you’ll love it!

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