Fitness Festival

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.

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  • Good for you!! I’d be very nervous too – but you did it!! 🙂

    • Thank you Krista 🙂

  • Ken Powell

    Ha Ha, that’s my old territory. That centre is on the large area where I wandered to watch cricket matches on weekends when I was visiting UK Office. If you look at map for the hotel (now Holiday Inn Guildford), then get directions to Priestley Road, you’ll see the route I could walk right through the Sports Park.

    • Cool Dad, will look at the map and investigate. I’d love to go back to Guildford and see more of it.

  • Janine

    Yay Cathy! I was addicted to gym classes at one stage – especially where loud music was concerned. It’s not an age thing either, you’re right. Just that certain styles of exercise suit some people better than others. I walk now, fast. But I can understand the fascination with the new classes. It’s just important to do something and I love your review of this day. The instructor really is so important too just as you say. Brava!

    • Thank you Janine for your enthusiastic comment. Fast walking is great. Do you have a particular area where you walk to? I’m so happy you liked my review 🙂

  • anne

    Nervous maybe, but you did it Cathy , well done. , I walked a lot in Paris , on my own in new areas, met new blogger friends, walked miles , but hey , we both did new things 🙂 xx

    • Thank you Anne. Glad to hear that you saw new areas on your Paris trip and met new friends. Walking is great exercise, so well done to you 🙂

  • Maxabella

    You’re more woman than me – just one of these kinds of classes would be enough for one day. Glad you checked it out and made it through!

    Thanks for linking up with the Weekend Rewind – it’s been lovely meeting so many new bloggers. x

    • Thank you Maxabella. It was tough going, but I am glad that I did it 🙂

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