Not just a pretty face! Move It Fitness has a long and glamorous history...
In 2005 in a little village called Great Staughton, "Dance Party" was launched for the village kids.
The children learnt routines to their favourite pop tracks and performed them at village events. With
60 local children ranging from 2½ to 16 years old, the shows got more and more successful and the routines
more and more complicated. The Adults version was started in 2006 and then the hard work really started.
Jo Hopkins trained as a dancer until she was a teenager and then as a primary teacher at
University. Returning to ballet and tap as an adult, Jo soon realised that actually teaching
dance based classes for the non technical dancer was the job for her.
" I felt sad that children that hadn't the natural gift for the different techniques (such as
ballet and tap) missed out on moving to music. We know through scientific research that
moving to music, remembering routines, working as a team and performing in public are all
highly beneficial to the development of both motor neurone skills, confidence levels and
the brain activity. Ballet and tap classes are renowned for being quite costly and if your
child doesn't show natural talent that can be developed, it can lead to heart ache for the
child and wasted money for the parent. I set up Dance Party with my colleague Bev Clarke
(a Pre School Manager) at cost basis. Many of those children went on to be part of dance
groups as teenagers and as part of Amateur Dramatic Societies, I know in part due to the
confidence instilled in them as part of Dance Party. Watching these children perform at
their village Gala Day for the first time in 2005 was one of the proudest moments of my
Once the parents started getting involved (who knew so many mums wanted to dance
too!) Dance Party started to become a business and Jo became a qualified Fitness
The aim of the business was to provide a High quality, enjoyable, effective fitness class in
the villages rather than needing to go into town.
Jo moved to CAMBRIDGE in 2008 but continued to teach every Wednesday in Great
Staughton for the following three years. In 2010 Jo launched Move It Fitness and her
first Core Fit Sessions.
"CORE FIT is a course I spent years developing and continually develop. Each session
lasts for 1hour and 15 minutes and covers every aspect of physical fitness from nutrition to
flexibility, strength, endurance and cardiovascular work. The ideal size for a class is 10
people. This allows me to know every client personally and tailor each and every exercise
if necessary to each and every participant. CORE FIT has an exclusive feel to it; like
having a Personal Trainer, but without the cost. These sessions and teams that are
created have changed people's lives in ways that even I didn't expect. The confidence
these women now have, the change in their fitness levels and, in many, their take on life is
immense. They take on challenges they would never have even acknowledged two/three
years ago and every year they make me feel incredibly proud of them."
Jo's passion for dance has seen her set up Zumba classes and FitSteps classes that make
the sweat run into your eyes!
"There is nothing that makes you feel better than dancing like no one is watching and
sweating your ass off whilst doing it. I try to use a real mash of different music tracks and
my own choreography to make my classes a bit different from the average Zumba or
FitSteps session. You might turn up to one of my classes feeling rubbish after a bad day,
but I guarantee you'll leave with a smile on your face!"
Finally, Jo and her teams of ladies have been involved in some great events from Flash
Mobs in shopping centres (see YouTube!) to running half marathons, charity Zumbathons
and other fundraisers. In 2012, Jo and Move It Fitness were selected to be part of the
promotion team for Cancer Research Uk and the Cambridge Race For Life.
"We spent a couple of months touring some hot spots in Cambridge as well as dancing in
the Grand Arcade to promote the Race For Life and ended the tour on Parker's Piece on
21st July warming up the 10,000 runners at the Race For Life. It was the most nerve
wracking, exhausting and exciting month ever and watching all those fabulous ladies
dancing my dance back at us was exhilarating! I felt like Robbie Williams! We entered a
huge team of runners too and raised a decent amount of money for the charity. Great day,
and every single one of those ladies ran their heart out."
Watch out world, who knows where Move It Fitness will appear next!!!!
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For more information, contact Jo Hopkins: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile: 07900 808 354