I still can’t quite believe the time has come for me to start handing over the reigns and temporarily hang up my be.fit hat. It’s going to be tough for me, but I’m sure the journey my husband and I have ahead will be an even bigger challenge!
I’d like to start by thanking you all for your support in making be.fit such a success and enjoyment for me…long may it continue.
It’s been over 18 months in the making and has gone from strength to strength, but the success of this journey could not have been so without all your commitment and support.
I’ll try to keep blogs going and if there’s anything I find interesting whilst on maternity leave, I’ll be sure to let you know! No doubt they’ll be written in the early hours of a 5th night feed so apologies now for horrendous spelling mistakes and any random quotes!
Classes going forward…
You’ll be pleased to know that the be.fit team has grown and we now have new instructors ready and willing to get stuck in. This means classes will be running as normal for the rest of the year and will start again in the New Year. I’ll be supporting them through the transition period so unfortunately you’ve not gotten rid of me just yet!
You’ll get to try out their techniques and teaching styles as they bring their own energy, enthusiasm and ideas to each class. But please remember…these classes are yours and if you have any concerns or questions then please do not hesitate to drop me an email. I will still be showing my face from time to time even after the baby is born, so again just grab me for a quick chat. There’s no need to be strangers.
Personal Training sessions
Personal training sessions will start to ease off over the next week or so, depending on how big this bump decides to grow and of course if there is an early delivery then I may disappear even sooner!
Goodbye from me…
I’ll keep you all posted on the new arrival, my progress, and when I hope to return in the New Year.
Also, I’ll be looking to add some new qualifications next year such as becoming an INSANITY® trainer (yes it is as insane as it sounds!), becoming TRX qualified and also developing the nutritional side by gaining my full Diploma in Nutrition! After all, don’t I always tell you it’s always good to set yourself goals and stay motivated!
For now, thank you again, have a wonderful lead-up to Christmas and I will miss you all very much! Keep up the good work and just imagine me shouting from afar reminding you all how fit and fabulous you are and can be!
Train smart, love life and most of all stay healthy!
Take a look below at what 2 of the new instructors had to say about their journeys and joining the be.fit team…
When I was younger I was able to eat anything and didn’t do any structured exercise, whether it was lucky genes or a fast metabolism, I was always able to keep my body weight and size under control. As I got into my late twenties and had my first child I found that my ability to eat what I liked (particularly chocolate) was starting to slip away from me. I started to do a few classes at the local sports centre to just keep on top of my fitness and burn off a few calories. I did this for a few years but more out of habit than because I really enjoyed it. I couldn’t quite find the type of exercise that would keep me motivated but also where I was still having fun.
When Anna started the be.fit classes at the Medstead Village Hall I went along to give it a try. It seemed silly not to as my children went to the school right opposite the hall and classes started after drop off in the mornings. As a charity fundraiser and someone who reads at the school and gets stuck into the local community, it was important to me to be part of something else local. I started off with just one class but soon became addicted to the buzz of the room and the type of exercise the classes offered, so quickly progressed to doing 3 a week, something I had never done before! It didn’t take long before I was enrolling myself in a be.fit PT intense package and saw huge changes in my fitness and body. Healthy eating has become second nature and it makes me feel confident when I can relay those positive influences to my children. It was at this point that I realised I had well and truly got the fitness bug! I’ve never looked back since!
When I learnt that Anna was pregnant and there would be an opportunity for instructors to step in whilst she was on maternity leave, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to take a hobby I was passionate about, and turn it into something more serious. I’m very proud to have gone away and gained all the necessary qualifications, and although nervous, am really looking forward to this next adventure, where hopefully I can install some of my passion into how others view exercise.
I’m hoping that being a ‘be.fitter’ for all this time will help me have a good understanding as an instructor, and I’ll change people’s attitude to exercise in the same way it did for me.
So, Why Aerobics? Because I have always loved dancing, working out and the feeling you get from a really good sweat!
Ever since I can remember I have been dancing and moving to music. Whether it’s in front of the TV while my sister tried to watch ‘Top of the Pops’, or making up shows with my friends. I can remember watching ‘Mad Lizzie on GMTV’ while I got ready for school and thinking, ‘That is so cool’ so as soon as I found an aerobics class I could go to I went and never looked back. I loved the laugh when things went wrong and the rush when it went right, so I went as often as I could. It was when I was about 23 that I thought ‘I can do that’, and looked into instructor courses. I know it’s not for everyone and I’d be lying if I said it isn’t terrifying sometimes, but getting up in front of a class is brilliant fun. The adrenaline rushes and palms sweat… but it’s brilliant fun!
I had my son when I was 26 and taught up until he was born. The classes were varied from one for ladies over 60, good old ‘legs, bums and tums’, to the high impact classes and each had different needs and requirements. At the busiest, I was teaching six times a week!
I moved to this area when he was eight months old and found it really hard to find a class so went back to being a participant and thought that was it for my days donning the microphone; until now!
Meeting Anna at this time in her life has opened up that much loved door and, although the path is a bit wobbly at times, I am loving being back on that stage and shouting the orders. I can feel my form returning and I hope the class is fun and provides a good workout to the participants.