This weekend I went to an urban dance event called the Fitness Blastoff which was organised by SB Fitness. Selena is a fitness trainer that I follow on Twitter who teaches dance classes around London and we have had numerous chats in the social media space but not actually met in person. I think it’s important that fitness professionals support each other and so I was looking forward to going and meeting her. My best friend had even travelled up for the day from Bristol to come with me as she also loves dancing, now that’s what I call being dedicated to keeping fit!
The Fitness Blastoff was an afternoon that covered 5 different dance sessions that consisted of ragga dance, Hip Hop cardio, afro beats, soca-cise and Funky Fit. I love dancing, but have never made going to dance classes a regular feature of my training regime as I suffer from goldfish brain syndrome and seem to be unable to follow most dance routines I am taught. In the past I have been to street dance and latin classes but usually end up having to freestyle at the back. To top off my inability to follow a dance routine the event also happened the day after I had done a pretty intense sprints and legs session at the gym. I woke up on Saturday morning and could barely move, even my eyelashes were hurting so I was going to have to dig deep and get through it.
The ragga dance session was fun, the tempo was set just right for the first class of the day and it brought back memories of when I used to go to Blues parties when I was a teenager (Sssssh, don’t tell my mama!). Selena taught the Hip Hop cardio and Funky Fit sessions which I really enjoyed because the steps were easy to follow and the music she chose was awesome. I really enjoyed the afro beats but my favourite of the afternoon was the soca-cise because it pushed me up a notch into zone 2 training (128-144 bpm. I’m a geek, I always train with a heart rate monitor). The dancing ended with Selena taking us all through the Cameo ‘Candy’ dance which is one of my favourite tunes of all time.
I had so much fun at the event, there were a few things that really stood out from the afternoon:
– The atmosphere. It was very easy going, everyone was enjoying themselves and there was a friendly vibe
– The enthusiasm of the instructors, the routines they chose to teach (even I could pick up the moves) and the great music they played
– How well the event had been organised, ticket prices and the hospitality that SB Fitness had laid on. In addition to refreshments throughout the day, there was also an after party and for those who had bought the ‘VIP’ tickets you were also given jerk chicken and salad (winner winner chicken dinner!)
– The venue. It was close to public transport, the room was a good size and even had lighting set up like a disco with a stage for the instructors to teach from and big floor space for everyone to shake their thang
I wish Selena the best of luck with her Fitness Blastoff because I think dance classes are a great option for people who want to get fit but don’t like the thought of going to the gym to lift weights etc. If you would like to find out more info you can go to www.selenabrownfitness.com.