FitSteps® came to life in 2013 as the result of a collaboration between
two of the UK’s most famous ballroom dancers and Britain’s most successful swimmer!
During the long, arduous dance training sessions that are an integral part of
Britain’s most successful entertainment show, ‘Strictly Come Dancing’,
Natalie Lowe, Mark Foster and Ian Waite had a great idea.
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.
They created FitSteps® - the unique dance fitness programme that is
‘so much fun you don’t even realise you’re getting fit!’
It is the first time that classic Latin and Ballroom dances have been brought together
with proven fitness techniques and principles to create
not only a programme that can have extraordinarily wide appeal,
but one that also has the potential to make a real and lasting impact on the health of the nation.
The important point to note is the distinction between the
plethora of dance classes that exist and FitSteps®.
FitSteps® is a fitness class, delivered through dance.
So, our emphasis is on helping people towards fitness;
structuring the classes to deliver real, measurable, fitness results.
The programme is based around twelve of the most popular Latin and Ballroom dances.
Each dance genre has specific steps matched to it.
Instructors are able to deliver these steps in varying degrees of intensity,
adjusting the level of effort needed to accommodate the varying levels of fitness
that could be found in any mixed ability class.
This makes FitSteps® classes suitable and achievable for everyone,
no matter what age, gender or previous experience.
We’re proud to say that we have had people from the age of 9 to 75+
participating in classes across the UK, all of whom loved the experience.
All FitSteps® dances will improve muscular strength, balance, posture and core strength.
Classes are great for improving stamina and toning the body.
The amount of calories you burn per FitSteps® class will vary from person to person
but most people burn between 400-1000 calories per hour.
Results vary by individual and depend on diet and frequency of exercise
but you may be pleasantly surprised at the outcome.