Describe yourself as an instructor - Hi my name is Gary Reilly-Lloyd, A.K.A GR-L to all my Jazzercise buddies :-) I love keeping fit and dancing, and since joining Jazzercise over four years ago, my passion and focus is now to help 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 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.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? 'Show me your GR-L pout', 'what about that crazy hair flick', 'Sweaty GR-L selfie!!!' :-)
Number of years Teaching - Qualified as an Instructor on 15th April 2020, and took over as Owner at Jazzercise Cambourne and Jazzercise Peterborough on 1st January 2021.
Number of years Jazzercising - 4 years
Day Job - EA and Office Manager to the Group CEO of a Tech Company in Cambridge.
Kids/ Pets - I have three adorable children (aka cat babies). The oldest is Bow, he is 15 years old in October, Matilda is 13 years old in November and my youngest is Harry, he will be 10 years old in June.
Other Hobbies - Playing the piano, violin and guitar, travelling to amazing countries around the world, steeped in history and rich in culture, horse riding, walking, gardening, socialising with friends and family and parties! You don't want to miss a GR-L garden party!
What got you into Jazzercise? The lovely Sharon Colling called Dana one day and asked for a demo at our office, from day 1, I was hooked and never looked back.
Something Unique - Apart from my love and passion for Jazzercise! My other passion in life is cars. I have owned over 60 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, and following that a Range Rover P38A, and L322 and I hope to get my hands on an L405 in near future, but aside from the RR's, I have owned classic Austin, Citroen, Fiat, Opel Kadet, Vauxhall, Ford, Jaguar, Audi, Land Rover, you name it, I have owned it! Currently very happy with my not so classic Mercedes AMG and my Land Rover Discovery 5 (L462) the big brother to the L318 (Discovery 2) which was an extremely rare 'Braemar' edition. I just LOVE cars!
Fav Class Format - Flip Fusion and Dance Mixx
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 - Covid-19 has meant I'm looking for my next opportunity. Before I had my daughter my career was in drug development and clinical research, so 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.
# of years teaching - Since 2005
# of years Jazzercising - Since 2001
Kids/Pets - Lucy the Boston Terrier.
Other hobbies - When I’m not Jazzercising, I enjoy travelling, 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 – I 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 - I like to think I'm a great motivator and aim to inspire our customers to become the best version of themselves through this fantastic, fun, fitness program.
What do customers say about you as an instructor? - Customers like my grace and poise - I try to be a perfectionist but can also laugh at myself when I'm not!
#of years teaching - Teaching since 27 Apr 13 = almost 6 years
# of years Jazzercising - Jazzing since 2011 (Jazzercise NE Fife Scotland)
Day job - Warrant Officer, Royal Air Force - 32 years
Kids/Pets - 2 kids - Callum 22 and Ellie 15, Henry the Border Collie and Bisto and Bovril - dutch rabbits.
Other hobbies - Other hobbies included running and with 4 marathons under my belt I now stick to the odd trail run with Henry
What got you into Jazzercise - It was always wet and windy in Scotland and so one day I decided to take a Jazzercise class instead of running club....was hooked ever since.
Something unique about you or something people wouldn’t expect - People are always shocked when they realise I am a Military, working Mum and have done operational tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falklands (twice!) However they are more impressed I was an owner and taught Jazzercise in Cyprus!
Favouritie format - Strike or Strength
Describe yourself as an instructor - Enthusiastic and chatty - it's early days having just qualified.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor? - Until very recently I was a customer myself but hopefully that I make them smile whilst they are working hard.
# of years teaching - since the end of 2020
# of years Jazzercising - At least 15 years
Day Job - I'm an accountant and run my own business which specialises in building financial forecasting models for businesses, Interim FD work and raising funding. Something 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 is back 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 regularly go to a family run gym which unfortunately closed. I was looking for something else when my husband spotted Jazzercise advertised in the local newspaper. I remember saying to him that I wasn't keen on Jazz music!! I then looked it up properly and was hooked from my first class. I've made the most wonderful and special friends through Jazzercise over the years.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect – - I'm a 2nd Dan karate blackbelt.
Favourite class Format – - As a customer I'd have said Strike and Strength but I've not built up my routine database enough yet to teach these formats. At the moment I'm enjoying Dance Mixx.
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 - I've been teaching for two years now and loving every minute of it.
# of years Jazzercising - Three 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 - My style is very ‘dancey’ and like to put together a fun class - love any routines with hips and shimmies. I also like to provide variety and a few challenging strength routines. I try and motivate the class to work hard (usually by pointing out how much more wine and cake they can eat) and encourage everyone to think about body positioning and the muscles they are using.
What do your customers say about you as an instructor - They say my classes are fun and I always ensure they know which muscles they should be using to get a complete body workout. They say that I'm a great motivator and although my classes are very 'dancey' I still make them work hard!
# of years teaching - 2 years
# of years Jazzercising - 4 years.
Day Job - Ah... how much time do you have?I have 2 part time jobs - An Operations and Programmes Manager for a small consultancy firm that mainly runs Government Funded Business Support Programmes and I am an Apprentice Assessor for Peterborough Regional College. Both jobs are 2 days a week (well, theoretically), which gives me a day a week to learn new Jazzercise routines! I’m also a Trustee of a local charity, the Young People's Counselling Service.
Kids/Pets - I have 2 grown up step-children, whom I adore and and an adorable ginger tom cat, Fenny whom most of our customers have now met online.
Other hobbies - There are other hobbies??? Seriously, any kind of dancing really. Would love to try Latin and Ballroom next.
What got you into Jazzercise? - Actually an ankle injury. I fell after a dance show in February 2017 and even once healed enough to walk and cycle, I couldn’t dance on it. I A dance friend of mine teaches who teaches Jazzercise suggested it as a good way to build up the strength and flexibility in my ankle and boy was she correct… quickest I’ve ever recovered from an injury! Although I loved this aspect - along with the dance focus to the workout – it’s actually the people that I’ve met that made me want to stay and want to become an instructor. It’s such a supportive environment – Instructors, Class Managers and Customers.
Something unique about you/or something people wouldn’t expect - I’m a Manufacturing Engineer and Manufacturing Specialist by trade (although not doing much of either at the moment!).
Favourite format - Dance Mixx
Describe yourself as an instructor - I am newly qualified, so still working on my style. 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 - Just a few days....
# of years Jazzercising - For around 2 years
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 17-year-old 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 and I husband 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, so two years teaching on and off.
# of years Jazzercising - I started Jazzercising with my mum, around 13 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 so just over 6 months
Number of years Jazzercising - I originally started Jazzing about 12 years ago, had a break when I got married and had kids then got back into it about 18 months ago. 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.