In 2013, I threw the first dance fitness party in London to add flavour to the fitness industry. I started the Fitness Blastoff simply because I wanted to just dance with the music I was familiar with and loved, in a lively party atmosphere whilst still getting a good workout.
Although I love all kinds of workout activities, I have far more fun moving to my favourite party tracks - especially at the club with my friends. So long as the music is to my taste, I am that friend who will eventually sweat all her makeup off because I just can't stop dancing. After a good party, I always noticed that my step count was on fire and I had a workout without even realising it. That's when I realised dancing at the club counted as my cardio and why not create something similar but for people who wanted to workout.
With my interest in fitness, I studied and got qualified as a Group Exercise Instructor in 2012 whilst juggling a full-time job as a Communications and Marketing Specialist. That year, I had also travelled to a large urban party experience called the Cancun Jumpoff. I enjoyed the experience so much and it was here that gave me the inspiration I needed, to do the Fitness Blastoff. So as soon as I returned from my vacation - I decided to turn exercise into a real and raw unique party experience.
In 2013, whilst still working full-time, I organised and launched the very first Fitness Blastoff dance fitness party experience in London. I didn't know anybody in the fitness industry but after doing my research online and reaching out to the relevant people - I was able to get everything and everyone together to host the first event. The first event was held in August 2013 and had over 30 attendees. It went so well that people were asking for more and so I gave the people what they wanted and continued to throw these events year after year. Each time the number of attendees at an event continued to grow. Now (well, before the covid-19 pandemic
), the most a Fitness Blastoff event has ever attracted, is over 300 attendees. The furthest the Fitness Blastoff has ever travelled to is Dubai, as mentioned in Time Out Dubai
Now with covid-19, in-person events have been put on hold like every other event across the country. This has meant, I’ve had to rethink how I still deliver the Fitness Blastoff experience, but online. Although it may not be the same as being in a live music gig venue, I hope that anyone who joins the community and the Fitness Blastoff online experience, will still have a BLAST. Thanks for reading my story.