Fitness First – best gym in Bedford

I am not being biased by what I’m about to say. I was a long time member of Fitness First Bedford before I moved to another gym, and then went back to FF since my husband started teaching there and became one of the Personal Trainers. I left because of doing Body Attack classes and FF didn’t offer this class during that time. My husband, Garry, did it first and got me hooked doing Body Attack class.

But let me tell you how happy I am to be back at Fitness First.

First of all, there are no cliques and favouritism at this gym.  Instructors just do their jobs, teach, then leave when finished. No favourites among the participants who are always being featured on social media. This is why I don’t feature one person on my page, I always show group photos. There’s no bitching from other gym members talking about other people’s lives after a class whilst having a coffee together. You will not find this at Fitness First because they have no cafe, although you can sit down and have a quick coffee from the machine. But in reality, the atmosphere is different. At FF, People work on their fitness goals with PTs. People go there to have a good workout, have fun in class, relax in the steam room/sauna, swim, shower and leave when they’re done. No smell of poo or dirty nappies around the pool or changing rooms. More quiet and relaxing. Always clean toilets and shower rooms. People, esp the staff, are very friendly, always smiling when you come in, greeting you and saying Thank you after. Management is fantastic. They do team building games everyday to bring positivity in staff relationship. No tension. Everyone is very helpful. Personal Trainers are so helpful, giving free trial sessions and very friebdly. I have sat there and observed what they do. They are really good with people.

Fitness First have great facilities, affordable membership, great classes, great instructors. May not be as new like the newly built one in Clapham but in general, it is a good gym to go to. My husband, Garry Noakes, is teaching loads of classes at FF now. FF gave him the opportunity to explore and use his skills. Not just one class, but loads of classes within a year of being there. FF gave me the opportunity too to introduce FitSteps there without begging for it. They asked me if I’m interested to do a class as they knew I am a FitSteps instructor and they wanted to introduce somethng new. They are so open there and very welcoming. No promises broken. When they say it, they will do it. So Thank you FF. Your members are benefiting from it. I try my very best to justify the way FitSteps should be delivered.

Overall, I recommend going to Fitness First. You will get the service you are paying for. That’s for sure.  No one will compare you to anyone. They have the best Personal Trainers in town who will help you achieve your fitness goals.

So, what are you waiting for?   Call Fitness First Bedford. 0344 571 2811 and look for PT Garry.  😀  

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Glitz and Glam FitSteps night…

Just having a little night of FUN celebrating one year at Brickhill Community Centre! Loads of my FitSteppers couldn’t make it as it’s half term break but in two classes that I’ve been doing (one evening and one morning), I’ve had over 40 people coming to my classes. I’ve made great friends and met amazig people. I have the nicest bunch ever! Here’s to another year of fun classes!  Cheers everyone!

FitSteps at the Bedford River Festival 2016

Look at my FitSteppers now! They are performing people, performing!  Yes, and  infront of a big crowd after just a few months of doing FitSteps with me. We did a FiSteps dance demo at the Sports Village stage, and we were able to deliver the message we wanted to tell people about FitSteps and how amazing it is to dance. Wish all of my FitSteppers were on stage with us but I’m only allowed a few people to dance with me due to limited space on stage. What I love about my class is the mixture of levels/abilities/ages, and they just go for it. Some of them had background in dance, even a professional dancer, and others never danced at all, and it proved today that what matters most is that you are enjoying what you’re doing. That if you put your heart and focus into something you really love, you will shine in every way. To all my FitSteppers, THANK YOU! I am so PROUD of everyone, not just the ones who performed last week, yesterday and today, but EVERYONE who does my class! xxx

What an amazing weekend indeed!  Boiling hot, but brilliant!

My FitSteps classes in Bedford:

Thursday at Renhold Village Hall, 8pm  (£5 otd)

Friday  at Brickhill Community Centre, 9:am (£5 otd)

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I’m very proud of my FitSteppers. I have the best ones in class and they are all really lovely. Thank you so much everyone. I’m loving every moment teaching you FitSteps. Some routines can be challenging but they are all good. So keeeeeeep dancing! 😀

My classes are every Wednesday at 7:15pm, and every Friday at 11am, Brickhill Community Centre, Avon Crive, Bedford. See you there! 😀

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FitSteps FAB is coming…

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New Year started with a bang! FitSteps training with the pros, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe!  What more can I ask for? I had a great time learning the new FitSteps FAB that will be launched in March 2016.

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We had a fantastic Christmas! Hope you all had a great Christmas and looking forward to 2016! Happy New Year from The Noakes family!

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FitSteps dance, not part of creative arts?

I was embarrassed when I advertised my Dance FitSteps on Creative Bedfordshire group on Facebook as I ended up asking myself, ‘FitSteps is not creative?’ The moment my Ad was posted, someone said that dance fitness is not part of creative arts, and that FitSteps has got no cultural potential or possibilities.

I was shocked by that reply that FitSteps is not part of creative arts. First, it’s obviously a dance fitness. It is a ballroom and Latin dance based dance workout. Dance is a major form of creative arts as it is self-expression, not just merely doing movements. It’s common knowledge that dance is part of creative arts, so as drama, so as singing.

This group did not specify what kind of creative arts they are talking about. You probably meant – crafts, pottery, painting, etc – but they were not even mentioned in the description. You need to be specific so you don’t mislead people.

Cultural potential/possibilities. Ok, let’s see. FitSteps is based on ballroom and Latin dance. Now when you hear Latin, that is not obviously of English heritage. So there is culture already just from the word LATIN. All ballroom dance came from different parts of the world. Tango originated from Argentina, Rumba originated from Cuba, Salsa originated from New York with strong influences from Latin America, Waltz originated from Vienna, Quickstep was actually danced first in the Caribbean before developed in New York, Jive originated from African-Americans in the USA, etc etc etc. So do not even start with me about cultural opportunities when it comes to dance. My Italian friends’ son is based now in Canada as a Principal dancer in the Canadian Ballet Company. I came to Europe because of my dancing/singing/acting ability, hired all the way from Philippines to do a musical, so do not even underestimate dance per se not being creative enough. All forms of dances are creative arts whether ballet, modern, contemporary, hip hop, tap, ballroom, FitSteps, Zumba.

Maybe you just need a better exposure to improve your ignorance about creative arts.

 

RACE FOR LIFE 2015

My first time to join RACE FOR LIFE this year and it was amazing! I ran 5K and I had the most wonderful time. Meeting people fighting cancer, people who lost their loved ones with cancer, and people simply supporting Cancer Research UK. Thank you to all my amazing friends who sponsored me. I raised £115 in total. I exceeded my target which was £100. Great day indeed! xx

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The Amazing LK…

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Marcia Carbonilla, is one of the professional pioneers of Philippine Baranggay Folk Dance Troupe from the Philippines, who has been training Lahing Kayumanggi Dance Company in London for so many years now. I have seen how these lovely people work so hard to promote our Philippine culture to the world, and it’s been an honour to have been part of the family since 2010, even as a singer (and sometimes dancer).  I admire how everyone devotes their Sundays to rehearse and do their best to master our Philippine Folk dances, and perform non-stop in the UK and all over Europe for the last 20 years. They have been seen on Paul O’Grady Show on TV, concerts, galas, charity shows, Philippine Embassy events, and have produced their big annual shows. They are performing in Manila this year to mark their 20th year anniversary. Lahing Kayumanggi, based on what I’ve seen and experienced, is the only ‘professional’ Filipino dance troupe in the UK that will warm every Filipino’s and British audience’s hearts with the graceful flick of their hands, the sensual sway of their hips, their warm smiles, colourful costumes and props, incredible music and chants, professional musicians from the Philippines, and the dedicated volunteers who work so hard every week to improve their dancing skills. Keep up the good work guys and always feel proud to promote our beautiful culture and heritage. The person behind LK is the Philippine Baranggay veteran himself, Ronnie Barrio, who dedicated his time in helping people and making LK a success!  To all the talented LKyans, well done!  So proud to have been part of this family! Happy 20th Anniversary! Mabuhay ang Pilipino! x

All I want for Christmas…

Did you have a great Christmas? Hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas, we did! Inspite of not feeling 100%, as I have been unwell since the week before Christmas, I had a lovely time with my hubby and daughter, and with closest friends.

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I am so blessed with great friends around me who selflessly looked after me since my mother’s passing last year. I still miss my Mom terribly esp during this festive season. I used to send a jumbo box full of goodies for her as she loved opening presents and distributing them one by one to the rest of the family. Although I am a bit better this year than last year, I still can’t deny the fact I have moments when I suddenly find myself in tears, missing her, like this morning.

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We’ve been partying from one house to another, indulging on festive food made by lovely friends. Our Christmas tree was full of presents from our friends and students. We are so blessed with great friends, and I really want to thank them all for their love and support, for simply being there.

Above all, I am specially grateful for my beautiful family. My family’s always there for me and together we help each other fight the pain and rather think of the great memories we’ve had with Mommy. My hubby and my daughter are my LIFE!  They are the reason why I am strong, why I am proud, why I am happy. I have everything I want for Christmas. It would have been perfect though if my baby sister’s with us too. Next year, it will happen! We will be together.  🙂

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Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!  x

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