Describe yourself as an instructor - I'm Gary, and I have been taking Jazzercise classes since 2017 and love keeping fit and dancing. My passion and focus is helping people change their lives to achieve their fitness goals in the simplest and most realistic way possible with Jazzercise. I chose to become a Jazzercise instructor in 2020 because I believe everyone deserves the right to good health and be happy with themselves inside and out, and for me, Jazzercise has been the main factor in my journey and now I want to share this with others.
Number of years Teaching - Qualified as an Instructor on 15th April 2020, and Owner at Jazzercise Cambourne and Hardwick since end of 2020.
Number of years Jazzercising - 5 years
Day Job - Freelance Professional Office Management consultant.
Kids/ Pets - I have two adorable fur babies, a rescued domestic long haired cat from Battersea and a Blue British Short Hair. Bow, the oldest, is 17 years old in October 2022 snd Harry will be 11 years old in June.
Other Hobbies - Playing the piano, violin and guitar, and travelling to amazing countries around the world, steeped in history and rich in culture. I also love horse riding, walking, gardening, socialising with friends, family and parties!
What got you into Jazzercise? The previous owner Dana introduced Jazzercise at my old workplace, and a few of us got hooked, in fact Niki. J was one! Since then we clearly love it a we are both Instructors now although Niki has a 6 month lead on me as I was late to the party.
Something Unique - Apart from my love and passion for Jazzercise! My other passion in life is cars. I have owned over 67 cars since passing my driving test in 1997, some have been classics like an 1984 Volkswagen Jetta, or a first release 1981 5 door Range Rover Classic, I have owned classic Austin, Citroen, Fiat, Opel Kadet, Vauxhall, Ford, Jaguar, Audi, Land Rover, you name it, I have owned it! Currently on the look out for my next project!
Fav Class Format - Absolutely cannot beat Dance Mixx, but to get the blood really flowing... you should try out my Flip Fusion and Interval Fusion classes!
Describe yourself as an instructor - My motivation to become an instructor is that I strongly believe in lifestyle medicine, with exercise being at the core of this. So I aim to make my classes as friendly and accessible as possible to anyone looking for a low impact form of exercise, giving modifications if you need it.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - Smiley with long legs!
# of years teaching - I qualified in October 2019 (the number of years depends on when you're reading this!)
# of years Jazzercising - The addiction started in 2016!
Day Job - I coordinate a research study of a rare childhood bone disease alongside some freelance work. I'm a scientist at heart.
Kids/Pets - One daughter and 2 rabbits!
Other hobbies - Photography, crafting, history of medicine and holidaying in Wales.
What got you into Jazzercise? I needed to find an exercise I could stick at to help my lungs; I saw an advert for Jazzercise, tried it and was addicted from the first class! It only took me 37 years to find a form of exercise I really love!
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect – I have served canapes to Sir Terence English, the surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant in the UK.
Favourite Class Format: I love it all but I do enjoy a Strike class especially.
Describe yourself as an instructor – I am an educator at heart, so my goal is to always cue as much as possible, to help ensure success. Whether you do high or low impact, I will help you find your dancing feet, all whilst doing my best to motivate you to join me as I whoop and sing terribly! We are in this together after all.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? Besides calling me a machine because I teach so often and am a strength junkie…. they say I am an inspirational instructor that pushes them to their limit and makes them give even more! They say they never leave feeling like they haven’t worked 110% and also say I am great at giving each student options to work to their own level.
Started teaching in- 2005
# of years Jazzercising- since 2001
Kids/Pets - Lucy the Boston Terrier
Other hobbies - When I’m not Jazzercising, I enjoy traveling, walking the dog and honestly just sitting on the couch and watching TV with my hubby! Down time is precious!
What got you into Jazzercise? My mom had a VHS, that I used to do every now and again (Yes VHS, Jazzercise has been around that long), but what really sealed the deal was when I drove past a Jazzercise fitness centre in Annapolis, Maryland and thought it looked like so much fun. They had so many different class formats and a constant refresh of new routines, that I found a fitness programme that wasn’t boring and forced me to switch everything else off, as I focused on the moves.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect – II was born 2 ½ months early so weighed only 2lbs 11 oz at birth, so was a bit of a miracle baby.
Favourite class Format – Any format with the word Fusion in it and Strength classes, because I absolutely love the muscle work.
Describe yourself as an instructor - Enthusiastic and lively. I want you to walk away from class buzzing and full of energy. Everyone works at different levels so I’ll always give options, but I will push you. We can do it together,
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? - Mostly how do I manage to be so chirpy at 6am?! I was also brave enough to ask them…“fun, limit stretching workouts delivered in her own inimitable style, making exercise at 6am a joy. A great start to the day!” “Highly motivating, the smiles and energy are contagious.” “Great routine choices with funny stories bringing the moves to life, I laugh and work hard!”
# of years teaching - since the end of 2020
# of years Jazzercising - over 15 years
Day Job - I'm an accountant can you believe it! I run a business specialising in building financial forecasting models, raising finance and providing interim Finance Director support to businesses. It’s very different to Jazzercise!
Kids/Pets - 2 grown-ups...I don't think I can call them kids anymore. My daughter joins me at Jazzercise when she comes home.
Other hobbies - I enjoy putting my walking boots on and going for a good stomp in the countryside and skiing when I can. At home, I love getting my toolbox or sewing machine out and making something new out of something old. Oh, and I love a party!
What got you into Jazzercise? - I used to go to a gym which closed. I was looking for something new when my husband spotted Jazzercise in the local newspaper. I remember saying that I wasn't keen on jazz music! I looked into it properly and was hooked from my first class. I've made the most special friends through Jazzercise, it gives so much more than a workout.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect – - I'm a 2nd Dan karate blackbelt.
Favourite class Format – - Interval Dance Mixx closely followed by Strike - with its kicks, jabs and punches it’s a great stress buster!
Describe yourself as an instructor - I'm a fun, happy, smiley instructor. My aim is to make our customers feel successful and to get the most out of our classes. To me Jazzercise is more than just a fitness programme It helped me find myself and a life outside of being a Mum and wife. It brought a lot of happiness to me and to my family. I hope that as an instructor I can help others to have a happier healthier life through fitness just like it helped me.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - Apparently I’m the bossy one, but they love it and it makes them work harder (I thought I was the nice one) . They say my classes are always so much fun and I put killer sets together, so they always leave happy but exhausted.
# of years teaching - Five years
# of years Jazzercising - Eight years.
Day Job - I’m a fulltime Mum and work two nights a week to bring home some extra pennies.
Kids/Pets - I have three children Jacob 7, Lucas 5, and Elena who is 5 months old. Actually, five kids if you include my husband. We also have a hamster called Maple.
Other hobbies - Spending time with friends/ family and watching TV series when I get time.
What got you into Jazzercise? My best friend who was going through the process of becoming an instructor forced me to go to a class with her. She was sick of me never doing anything for myself. I fell in love with Jazzercise after my first few classes.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect – I have danced for most of my life. I was a majorette for 12 years. I became a troupe leader, teacher and used to create all our dance routines.
Favourite Class Format: Interval fusion all the way it's a killer.
Describe yourself as an instructor - I hope to bring some fun and energy to my classes. Teaching requires a lot of concentration to make sure all the routines are on time and cued properly....so if I don't look like I am enjoying myself, then my brain will be sweating too!
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - Hopefully good things - I am following in the footsteps of some high quality instructors, so I hope I can deliver my classes to the same high standard.
# of years teaching - Since 2019.
# of years Jazzercising - Since 2017.
Day Job - By day I am a Purchasing Manager. I look after a team of 4 buyers, sourcing electronic components and mechanical parts from all over the world, but mostly from the far east. So I do get to travel with my job, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Taiwan.....but generally it is all airports and meeting rooms, so not as glam as it sounds.
Kids/Pets - Annabel is my daughter - you will have seen her at class with me, and I have 2 dogs, Vernon and Ethel. They are my fur babies!!
Other hobbies - Dog walking, reading, running, lots of DIY & gardening (our renovation project is endless), flying and boating.
What got you into Jazzercise? A colleague at my previous company asked if anyone would be interested in a taster session. Dana and Gemma came to our office and gave us a taster class......and I have been hooked since.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect - I have a pilot’s licence, and when the good old British weather permits, my husband and I fly around the UK for tea and cake at other airfields.
Favourite Class Format: I love to dance, and I love cardio.....so I am going to have to say Dance Mixx, especially if there are high energy pumpers at the top of the curve!!
Describe yourself as an instructor – I love to keep fit, and want to help Jazzercise customers to find their love of fitness too! I enjoy teaching a variety of routines to new music and challenging both myself and my customers.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - They enjoy my sets for the up-beat music, fun atmosphere and most importantly a sweaty workout!
# of years teaching - I qualified in September 2018.
# of years Jazzercising - I started Jazzercising with my mum, around 15 years ago now!
Day Job - I am a HR Manager for a small company in London.
Kids/Pets - No kids (yet), and a lovely family dog named Charlie.
Other hobbies - I love to travel and explore new places. In my free time, I like to be active and outdoors so long walks with friends and family are always a great weekend activity! I love socialising with friends and eating good food!
What got you into Jazzercise? My mum got into Jazzercise after having me and continues to spread the word of how great class is! I struggled with my weight and fitness levels as a teenager so started doing a number of different types of exercise. Jazzercise classes were always so fun and effective, I knew I had to continue with such a great programme!
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect –I was a Majorette for ten years competing in regional and national championships.
Favourite Class Format: Dance Mixx and Fusion.
Describe yourself as an instructor - I like to challenge myself and my customers with new routines and varied movements but only enough to keep us all on our toes without getting too lost.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? Friendly and professional with a hint of humour especially when it gets tough!
Number of years Teaching - I qualified in September 2018
Number of years Jazzercising - I originally started Jazzing about 16 years ago, had a break when I got married and had kids then got back into it. Didn’t realise how much I missed it until I came back!
Day Job - I have worked for a local building society for over 12 years and am a sales director for my Husband’s business.
Kids/ Pets - 2 kids and 2 cats- All Boys!!!
Other Hobbies - Gardening (even though I’m useless at it) and Eating, nom!
What got you into Jazzercise? My Mum! We’ve always Jazzed together- now she’s my customer cheering me on from the back row.
Something Unique - I grew up dancing and once auditioned for the Royal Ballet, I also danced with Paul Daniels.
Fav Class Format - Interval Dance Mixx.
Yes this could be you!
Talk to any one of us and we’d be happy to talk through the process of becoming an instructor with you.We are always looking to add to our team.