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Meet (a few of) our instructors!

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Georgie, 23, Schools Co-ordinator

Turn’d Up instructor since February 2018

Tell us about your first class.

I did my first class a month after I qualified. Being new to Turn’d Up Fitness and never having done any weekday/evening classes, I wanted to give myself a challenge but enough time to make sure I’d perfected the routines. I had around 13 girls attend and it was electric. Nerves turned into excitement and it pushed me on to think  ‘I can do this!’ and I did, and continued to do so.

How did you feel before and after?

Before: Determined, excited, will everyone turn up?! After: Ecstatic, europhic and ready for another one!

How have you built up your classes?

I ran four classes within my first month and numbers varied in each area. I’m still building up my Monday class nearly a year on, and my other classes took around a month to get to max capacity. I do have dips every now and then but have full confidence it will build up. My Tuesday and Wednesday classes were in a local dance studio I was already involved with. My Monday and Thursday classes were in a leisure centre.

All my recruitment has been on social media. I don’t over-push my classes because for me word of mouth from my girls is what keeps girls at class and enjoying it. They’re buying into an experience, not just a weekly class – that’s how I like to think of it anyway.

How has your life changed since you became an instructor? 

I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been! I had a health check done in work the other day; in 2017 I was 71kg and in 2019 I’m still 71kg, but I’ve dropped 10% in body fat, my cholesterol has halved and my hydration is the highest it’s ever been.

What’s the best thing about being a Turn’d Up instructor?

Changing people’s lives, and the way they feel about themselves!

Where will you take your Turn’d Up qualification?

I love doing classes and can’t imagine my life without them now. I’d like to improve my dance skills further, do the master training if I get the opportunity, take Turn’d Up to Australia when I’m visiting, and progress in any way I can!

What advice would you give to anyone considering becoming an instructor?

Just do it! Don’t question ‘will I find somewhere to teach or will people turn up?’; what you believe you achieve! You are the creator of your future. Turn’d Up is fun, keeps you fit, and it’s extremely rewarding.

And to any instructors starting out?
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Emma, 38, Deputy Headteacher & mum of four

Turn’d Up instructor since April 2018

Did you have any dance experience prior to Turn’d Up?

I have a background in performing, drama and fitness, but nothing like Turn’d Up.

Tell us about your first class.

My first class was just two weeks after I did my instructor training. It wasn’t strictly ‘my class’ as Tiri had asked if anyone could cover her. I was sooooo nervous but Shekira had so much belief in me I threw myself in at the deep end. It was amazing because another brand-new instructor, Mumina, came and did it with me. Once I’d done that first class I felt euphoric! I couldn’t sleep because I was on such a high.

How did you feel before and after?

It was another two weeks before I started my own class in Cardiff. There were all sorts of questions going through my head. Would anyone show up? Would I be good enough? Would I go wrong? It was probably one of the most nerve-wracking things I’ve ever done! Eight women came and they loved it. I couldn’t wait to do it all again. Before long I was doing four classes a week.

I still feel a little nervous before every class, but it doesn’t last long. As soon as I hear the music and start to dance I know I’m being more ‘me’ than I’ve ever been!

How have you built up your classes?

It’s been a steep learning curve for me, but with hard work and lots of promotion I now have classes booked up three weeks in advance. I rang the halls and gyms and arranged meetings with them. I then dressed in Turn’d Up gear and visited other classes and groups in those gyms and halls handing out flyers. I would say around fifty per cent of those I talked to then came to try a taster session. I feel the personal approach really worked for me.

How has your life changed since you became an instructor?

I’ve lost weight, but even more importantly, I feel healthier. I feel lighter and bouncier and more positive. My mum passed away in July; it was awful and I am still grieving, however I truly believe that, along with my family, Turn’d Up has got me through.  If I can feel happy after the year I’ve had, then I want everyone to understand how happy Turn’d Up can make you!

It took me a while to earn back what I had spent on training, equipment, licenses and insurances, but now it’s nice to have extra income which I generally spend on my four children.

Where will you take your Turn’d Up qualification?

I’ll keep dancing and getting Turn’d up as long as I can! I’d love to become a master trainer but I’ve still got a lot of work to do. I’ve just started promoting hen parties and children’s parties as well as wedding dances.

What advice would you give to anyone considering becoming an instructor?

 Do it do it do it!! Become an instructor. You’ll never regret it! It will change your life and you’ll fall in love with you!!!

And to any instructors just starting out?

It takes time and thought to build up classes. One day when you turn up to class and 40 women walk in you will feel ridiculously proud of what you have achieved! Be honest, set yourself realistic goals and just enjoy the ride because it’s amazing and I would never go back! I love Turn’d Up so much. It’s the best thing I have ever been part of![/one_third]

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Susannah,
32, Sales Administrator

Turn’d Up instructor since June 2018

Did you have any dance experience prior to Turn’d Up?

I used to take dance classes in school and I have a BTEC national diploma in performing arts, but no formal dance training.

Tell us about your first class.

My first class as an instructor was in July 2018, approximately 3 weeks after I qualified. It was such an amazing experience! I hadn’t done anything like it before, so I was very much out of my comfort zone. But I believed in myself, knew I could do it and knew my life would be richer and happier for it. The other ladies in the class enjoyed it just as much as I did and they gave me some great positive feedback.

How did you feel before and after?

I won’t lie, I was absolutely terrified!  But I left the class feeling on cloud nine! I had such fun and was so proud of myself.

How have you built up your classes?

It has taken me approximately three to four months to build consistent numbers to my classes. I found Facebook, flyering and word of mouth have worked wonders to get the word out. A large majority of my members have come from Facebook advertisements.

I searched for local community centres and gyms online to find the right venue. I have also asked local community groups for local venues that may not necessarily be online.

How has your life changed since you became an instructor?

My life has become so much richer. I was at a low point in my life before I became a Turn’d Up Fitness instructor. I was struggling to know what direction I was heading in life and I knew something needed to change. Becoming an instructor has helped me tremendously. I have made some amazing friends; there is a fantastic support network around me; I have rediscovered my love for dancing and discovered a passion for fitness. I’m so happy!

What’s the best thing about being a Turn’d Up instructor?

I love being able to bring in some extra income doing something  I love and am passionate about. I’ve been able to make overpayments in my mortgage which has been fantastic.

I also love to see the smiling faces of class members that have had a really good workout and have loved every second of it. I hope that I am making a difference to people’s lives as Turn’d Up did for me when I went for my first class.

Where will you take your Turn’d Up qualification??

I want to continue to grow my business and introduce the class to as many people as I can.  My ambition is to try and change careers and make group fitness instructing one of my main sources of income, fingers crossed! I hope that I can create a safe, comfortable and positive environment for anyone who wants to keep fit and enjoy dancing for many, many years to come. I want to spread the word as far as I can.

What advice would you give to anyone considering becoming an instructor?

It can be nerve-wracking and it’s very easy to tell yourself that you can’t do it. But don’t be overwhelmed, it is so worth it!

And any instructors starting out?

Be patient and believe in yourself! Keep positive and if you ever struggle, the other instructors are here to give you that helping hand. All you need to do is ask.

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