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Clubbercise Review – Club with Mel

After spending the last couple of months of 2013 and most of 2014 working on ‘the inside’ and after going though mentally challenging times, I decided that 2015 was going to be the year that I started to work on the outside. By June, apart from dying my hair ‘Blackcurrant’, updating my summer wardrobe, and indulging in another tattoo, I hadn’t done much to change. I desperately wanted to be slim, toned and healthy. However there is one vital problem, like an awful lot of people, I hated gyms. I hated them with a passion.

After forking out around £300 to join the local ladies gym nearly six years ago, I reluctantly dragged myself there most nights for less than a month, making excuses to never again return. My nights were simply too busy, usually spent watching trashy tv whilst working my way through a packet of jaffa cakes. To be fair though, I did gave the ridiculous (aptly named) ‘Insanity’ a half-hearted whirl a year ago, but found that I was literally gasping for breath after just 30 seconds of sprinting on the spot.

But then I heard about Clubbercise, a new rapidly growing fitness trend which seemed to be taking the UK by storm, claiming to bring ‘a night out to your workout‘.  A keen clubber in my twenties, but now having other commitments and rarely having the time to go out and usually at home in my pajamas on by 10 the odd occasion I did, I decided to give it a go. I’d heard about Clubbercise already and had every intention of going along to see what it’s like, but kept putting it off. I found my nearest class, ‘Club with Mel’, ran by Melanie James, and I made the self promise to actually attend.

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The night arrived, I threw on the black leggings and neon top, dug out the trainers and rocked up at the venue, a local scout hut. Being a Friday night made it the perfect start to my weekend.

As I walked in I was pleasantly surprised to see around twenty to thirty other neon clad females, aged from as young as fifteen to those in their twenties, thirties like me, or maybe even older, all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. I paid for the class (a bargain at only £4), purchased my pink disposable glowsticks for only £1 (although now a regular, I have my flashing official clubbercise sticks) and before I knew it the room sank into darkness. Laser and disco lights filled the room, and I took my place on the dancefloor (at the back of course).

This was actually the first session of a new class, so most of us were new to Clubbercise. After a brief introduction and being told to go at our own pace, the tunes began and within the next hour I had burned up to 600 calories dancing about to 90s classics such as the rave tune ‘Set you Free’ and to the recent beat of ‘Up Town Funk’. The hour passed in no time, and ended with us all winding down to stretch it out while also singing along to an upbeat version of ‘Man in the Mirror’. I felt great. Sweaty and hot, but fantastic. I left the venue feeling like I’d left a club, yet only sober.

The next morning I awoke only slightly feeling the burn. I surprisingly felt full of energy and on a bit of a natural high from the night before, only without the hangover.

Three months later and I’d found that one class a week isn’t enough. It’s addictive and I need my fix so I’ve worked up from two a week to four, one being a double. I’ve gone along to three charity events, two of them held in a nightclub and they were amazing. Everybody is in such high spirits, dancing to raise money for such good causes

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Clubbericise to me is literally the best thing to come out of 2015. I’m happier, healthier, much more confident and so much, fitter. Just over a year ago I didn’t want to leave the house and spent all my time on my own, just me, my husband and my kids as I just didn’t want to socialise and my anxiety made it hard somedays to even leave the house.

Now I’ve made so many new friends, and the days of depression and anxiety are a thing of the past, and it’s all down to Clubbercise..

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