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fitsteps with Cath's Kickers in North Yorkshire

"Strictly Come Dancing" dance stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite have teamed up with six time world champion swimmer Mark Foster (he may not be the world’s greatest dancer, but what he doesn’t know about fitness can be printed on the back of a stamp) and a group of hand picked health and fitness professionals, to produce a unique dance fitness programme – ‘FitSteps’. They decided to mix the graceful steps of Ballroom and the up tempo steps of the Latin dances together to create a really fun, energetic and effective way to stay fit and keep trim that would appeal to everyone, even if they couldn't dance. A dance fitness programme that is ‘so much fun you don’t even realise you’re getting fit!’

FitSteps classes use "Interval Training" techniques devised by Olympic Swimmer Mark Foster, interval training involves changing the speed at which you are exercising, so instead of pounding the floor for the whole of a class at one speed, FitSteps combines different dances moves at different tempos. As an example, a nippy cha cha may be followed by a waltz to give your body time to recover. In addition, the moves in the dances can be adapted and modified to suit the needs of the individual eg a charlston kick step used in a quickstep, can be replaced with a basic charlston step. Each individual knows their own body, their own fitness level and can adapt accordingly, increasing their fitness level at their own pace, in their own time and enjoying the process!!!!

Ian Waite, Cathy and Natalie Lowe

   Fitsteps trainee instructors

Fitsteps master trainers

 What Makes FitSteps So Great?

It’s an easy to learn, fun to do, combination of the best known and most popular Latin and Ballroom dances

It’s been designed by two of the best dancers and dance teachers in the UK, two people at the top of their game

The dances are spiced up with proven fitness techniques to make every class a real workout

Class members don’t need to be able to dance and they don’t need partners – that’s a really big plus!

Given that ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ had an average audience of 12.4 million last year, with the final watched by over 14 million people, (OK so it’s not everyone) it’s got to be worth a go!!

Everyone that has tried it out so far has ‘LOVED IT DARLING’ (to quote the great Craig Revel Horwood)