I’ve had a bit of time to reflect on how I used to be and how exercise has helped me develop into who I am today. When I was training for my Musical Theatre degree my confidence was completely shattered. Over the course of 3 years I went from the over-confident girl at the front of the dance class to barely even making it to the lesson and finding any reason to talk myself out of it. The tough competitive environment broke me, and as someone who had spent their life wanting to be a dancer I found myself completely lost.
Then…Zumba entered my life!! One of my best friends started up a class and as a supportive friend I went along to it. It didn’t take me very long to realise that THIS was the answer. The combination of dance and exercise was so uplifting, and as you looked around the room everyone’s faces were beaming! The atmosphere was electric. No competition, just a group of people in one room whooping and shaking the calories away, and most importantly ENJOYING themselves.
This is the main ethos I carry into all my fitness classes. Exercise should be enjoyable, elevating and effective, and you get to carry that good feeling with you after you’ve exercised too.
In the 5 years, 4 months and 21 days that I’ve ran my fitness classes I’ve never ever had a day where I’ve had to push myself to get to class. I’m counting down the seconds til I get to go, trainers on and keys in hand!! I owe a lot to exercise for getting my confidence back, not only do I feel great I get to help others feel that good too.
I can happily say that I carry confidence with me once again if you’re ever having a down day don’t forget to brush yourself off, put on your most fabulous fitness outfit and blow those cobwebs away!