Strictly fitness

Creators of FitSteps, Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster

Creators of FitSteps, Ian Waite, Natalie Lowe and Mark Foster

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If you admire how quick contestants on the BBC talent contest Strictly Come Dancing get in shape you may be interested to learn of a new fitness workout offering.

Strictly Come Dancing dance stars Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite have teamed up with six-time world champion swimmer Mark Foster, a former Strictly contestant and an expert in fitness and conditioning, to produce a unique dance and fitness programme – FitSteps. It combines the best known and most popular Latin and ballroom dances with fitness techniques.

Accredited FitSteps instructor Laura Brooks has been offering a class in Onchan since last September – after she undertook the requist training. After TT she will be launching two new classes, one in Peel and the other in Douglas.

‘It’s been developed by Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe and the moves you do are the same that you see on Strictly Come Dancing, but it doesn’t require you to have a dance partner,’ explained Laura.

‘The moves are based on ballroom dancing,’ said Laura, who danced ballroom when she was younger with her then dance partner – the now highly successful cyclist, Mark Cavendish.

Her Onchan class attracts around 25 participants.

‘I have all age groups coming from teenagers up to those in the 50s/60s,’ said Laura, who advised that you can burn around 700 calories in 45 minutes doing FitSteps.

‘It’s intensive, but you can do it to your own ability,’ she added.

Laura got pupils competing in Saturday’s Manx Youth Games at the National Sports Centre, Douglas, warmed up for the games with FitSteps.

Laura’s new FitSteps classes are due to start in Peel on Wednesdays at 7pm at Peel Clothworkers Primary School, starting from June 11; on Saturday mornings at Warehouse Fitness, Douglas, at 10.15am, starting from June 14.

Meanwhile, the Onchan class takes place at the village community hall on Thursdays at 7.30pm.

For more information contact Laura on 456056, or see the Facebook page fitstepsiom

FitSteps started in 2013 and was the idea of Natalie Lowe, Mark Foster and Ian Waite who during the long, arduous dance training sessions that are an integral part of Strictly Come Dancing.

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 people, even if they couldn’t dance.

Natalie said: ‘If you love fitness and you love dance FitSteps is definitely for you.’

FitSteps is a fitness class, delivered through dance. The programme is based around 12 of the most popular Latin and ballroom dances and the first class launched has elements of six of these dances – Jive, Cha Cha, Samba, Tango, Waltz and Quickstep.

The dances are broken down into learnable sections and each section is capable of being delivered at varying levels of effort, accommodating people of varying levels of fitness.

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