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Image courtesy of Sara Coleman

Yesterday I went along to the first FitSteps class in North Walsham and it was so much fun!

The idea comes from Mark Foster, Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe who came up with the idea during Strictly Come Dancing. FitSteps mixes Latin and ballroom styles into a fast and fun workout.

It’s a lot like Zumba but there are some differences. For a start, you get dances like the quickstep, jive and waltz to learn. A lot of people who have done both have also said it’s harder than Zumba, although my experience of those classes is very limited.

It’s not something you do with a partner but a lot of ballroom elements (like holds) are included. There are up-tempo songs that will get you sweating and some slower ones that really work your core and legs.

There are also two options when it comes to the moves. You can do the high-impact bouncy version (as I did), or the low-impact steps. This means people of all abilities can go along to a class and still work hard. The low impact version also means that FitSteps is great for anyone recovering from injuries or for those of you who are worried about your joints.

At Saturday’s class there were people of all ages, shapes and sizes joining in and everyone was brilliant. It didn’t matter if you couldn’t get a move perfect, as long as you kept moving and enjoyed the music. I really struggle with any sort of coordination but I feel I grasped most of the steps. (And the ones I didn’t, I just did my best.)

The class was taken by Sara Coleman with help from colleague Kate (who teaches various classes around Aylsham). Both of them had such a great energy.

FitSteps in North Walsham will continue to happen at The Atrium (North Walsham High School) on Mondays at 7:30pm and Saturdays at 11:15am.

For more information on these classes please contact Sara on saracbaa@yahoo.co.uk.

To find out more about FitSteps or to find other classes in Norfolk visit: www.fan.fitsteps.co.uk/