I woke up really early on Saturday with nervous anticipation of what I was planning to do.
I had decided to join my Zumba instructor in heading up to Guildford to take part in the first Fitness Festival to be held at Surrey Sports Park. I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect and I knew that I certainly did not want to overdo it.
We started off by attending a Just Jhoom! session. Just Jhoom translates to meaning Just Dance. Although it takes some inspiration from Bollywood, it is a bit different. I thought it was great fun. Half of the class was led by the creator of Just Jhoom – classically-trained Indian dancer, Shalini Bhalla.
We had a little bit of a rest before the Zumba session in the main hall. UK Master Zumba trainer Caroline Parsons was the force behind the class. Her infectious smile and determination had me pushing myself to the end of the hour (as I was starting to flag a little by the end). I have never done a Zumba class with so many people, so it was a new and interesting experience. Some of the songs that were used, my own instructor has used in the past, but the choreography was different.
Lastly, after a much needed lunch break, we went off to try Body Balance. This finished me off as I am not very flexible and have never done any pilates before.
I am not sure that I would go to an event like this again, but I am certainly glad to have been to one to say that I have done it. The other thing that impressed me is that the participants were mixed. There were various ages and various levels of fitness. I certainly felt comfortable being there and realised that I hadn’t needed to feel anxious about going there.
I took no photos of the event as it was not permitted by unauthorised people.