Welcome to The Fitness Family

By Ann Cattermole

 

Welcome to The Fitness Family

By Ann Cattermole

 

Welcome to The Fitness Family

By Ann Cattermole

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About Me

I have been passionate about dance since I was around 5 years old.  I attended ballet, tap, modern, jazz & acrobatics classes as a child.  I abandoned all forms of dance and exercise in my late teens and only retuned to it whilst studying for my university degree in London.  I attended some dance/exercise style classes at Pineapple Dance Studios in Covent Garden which I believe to this day enabled me to achieve a First Class (Hons) degree and control my weight gain which had accumulated whilst I had been sedentary.

High impact aerobics hit the scene in the 1980’s with Jane Fonda ‘go for the burn’ style workouts which I loved & embraced.  Having started my working life as a Chartered Accountant for one of the big five Accountancy firms in London I later joined British Airways to work as a long haul stewardess.  This enabled me to try out many different exercise classes all over the globe & inspired me to complete a YMCA exercise to music training course in 1989 prior to setting up my own exercise classes in West Sussex.

I have continued to add to my knowledge & experience by attending many different training courses & workshops including IDEA conventions in the USA.  I travel to LA every year for courses, workshops, master-classes & to simply enjoy attending a variety of classes run by incredible instructors who inspire me.  I have a handful of instructor colleagues in LA who I look up to & who are my personal benchmarks.   In fact, I attend one class so regularly that the other participants in the class think I live in LA and have simply been “out of town” for a while!

I only run classes that I am passionate about & that I believe in.  I started teaching high impact aerobics in 1990 and later hi-low aerobics & body conditioning classes.  I incorporated Step aerobics from 1992 which is still today one of my most popular classes of the week.  From 2003 I offered personal training & small group training sessions and to my absolute delight FitSteps® was born in 2013 which I then added to my weekly timetable.  Dance is where it all started for me and to be able to combine the Ballroom & Latin dance steps from the BBC show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ within a true fitness structure amidst a wonderful variety of music genres (from the old classics to current hits) was a dream come true.

In addition to running The Fitness Family I have a full time job in London with personal family commitments at home.  I know how precious time is to me & my Fitness Family and therefore I like to make every minute count.  I try to achieve the maximum for my Fitness Family in the minimum amount of time.  My classes are no longer than 45 minutes.  Every exercise has to have a purpose & a number of alternatives to cater for a variety of fitness levels & capabilities.  An exercise has to challenge you if it is to change you but I also like to incorporate functional exercises which will assist every-day life activities.

Despite the demands on my time I also offer personal & small group coaching for those that are new to The Fitness Family or who just need some extra help to learn a particular set of steps or techniques.  I also provide an on-going collection of video tutorials which are available to all of my Fitness Family should they wish to practise at home in-between classes.

 

My classes are structured, progressive & bespoke.  I believe this is what makes them different from most others.  The recent trend has attempted to create a class for the masses by advocating that exercise is for everyone and anyone.  This is a wonderful ideal but unrealistic long term.  The transient masses will always be just that, those that flit from one new trend to the next, gaining little along the way.  It takes motivation and dedication to improve fitness through exercise.  I like to think that my Fitness Family are well informed, well supported and appreciated.  In return they attend week after week, year after year and gain friendship & comradery amongst each other whilst getting to know me & I them.  These elements collectively assists exercise adherence which is the key to any level of improvement.  My Fitness Family are not perfect and are of mixed abilities, ages & fitness levels, but what they all have in common is their commitment for which I feel most grateful & privileged.

I hope you feel inspired to join us!

My Mission Statement

“To provide the ultimate exercise class experience.  I want to share my passion for fitness & dance and provide a fun, supportive & positive environment for adults of all ages & skill levels.

My Aims

“For my participants to have fun, learn, feel challenged, be inspired, feel important, be successful & feel part of the fitness family environment that I aim to achieve.  As a result, I hope they will want to attend on a regular basis year after year and enjoy a happier, healthier & fuller life.

“My classes are structured, progressive & bespoke”

Schedule

MONDAY
The Burgess Hill Academy, Burgess Hill

TimeActivityPrice
6:50 – 7:35 pmSTEP£6
7:45 – 8:30 pmFITSTEPS®£6
STEP + FITSTEPS®£10

WEDNESDAY
St Paul’s Catholic College, Burgess Hill

TimeActivityPrice
6:50 – 7:35 pmShape & Tone£6
7:45 – 8:30 pmFITSTEPS®£6
Shape & Tone + FITSTEPS®£10

All classes need to be booked & paid for in advance. New members are required to pay for six classes in advance followed by one in advance thereafter.

History

I first went to one of Ann’s classes in Crawley in 1990 before I went skiing. At the time it was an aerobics class. I kept going after we came back. Over the years I added a ‘shape and tone class’ and then ‘step’. Classes moved from Crawley to Burgess Hill. I moved to Worthing and still I kept going. I was very ill over a 4 year period and was physically unable to do any exercise but once I’d had open heart surgery, I returned and I have been going twice a week for the last 10 years.

What you get

I get carefully crafted sessions. I am shown exercises with options at different levels. I have access to a range of equipment and I select what is appropriate for me. I am monitored as I do the exercise and I am corrected to keep the exercise safe and keep me working in an optimal way. Everyone knows everyone else by name and you cannot stay a stranger in these classes for long. I am encouraged as I exercise.

Why I go

When I came back after being ill I lost 3 dress sizes in 6 months and these classes keep me at the size I want to be. More importantly, I am able to move freely and my stamina and flexibility are maintained. Although I can detour from where I work in Crawley to go to classes in Burgess Hill during term time, in the holidays attending is a 40 mile round trip. I live close to a large leisure centre with a range of classes and yet I still drive to Burgess Hill – this shows how much I rate these classes – it is about so much more than just exercise!

Anne Logan

I joined Ann on a Wednesday for Shape & Tone just over a year ago.
I never last long at classes, I either feel too self conscious or that the instructor is judging my lack of coordination & poor skills.
Straight away I was blown away by how friendly & accommodating Ann was. She instantly made me feel at ease, as did all the others there in the class. I loved Ann's challenging but supportive approach & found it so refreshing. I genuinely felt that Ann cared that I was there & wanted me to push myself as hard as I could.
I now attend the Step & Abs class too & I can honestly say that I look forward to each class & I am totally loving my new toned body! Thank you Ann!

Katie Willson

About eighteen months ago an advert for Fitsteps caught my eye. Being the wrong side of 50 I’d never, ever been to a fitness class and was concerned that I would feel out of place. However, I plucked up the courage to ‘phone Ann and she was welcoming and encouraging and didn’t bat an eyelid. Since then I’ve been most weeks. I love the classes, feel fitter and like to think that I’ve improved at the dance steps. Although I often miss a beat I’m always made to feel part of the fitness family!

Gill Oliver

Attending all three of Ann's classes a week certainly keeps my fitness levels up.
I started STEP classes about 24 years ago when I lived locally. I then moved 18 miles away, but there are no other teachers in my opinion like Ann,she is so knowledgable and caring of her pupils. She caters for all levels of fitness, so you can do as much or as little as you can.So..... I still travel 36 miles round trip to attend her classes!
SHAPE AND TONE is excellent for toning and posture, Ann makes them all fun and will give alternatives for those that have any difficulties, she really does cater for all.
FITSTEPS is a lovely class with all of the dance steps that we all see and love in Strictly Come Dancing. Ann teaching skills are second to none, she builds up the steps gradually and even provides You Tube videos for those that wish to practice at home!
All classes are very friendly and we all care for each other. I am now 68 years old and always being told I don't look my age, which is a great testament to Ann's dedication.

Patricia Knapp-Tabbernor

Ann's Fit steps class is great fun and everyone is really friendly - the only person you are competing against is yourself!
For me, Fitsteps is great 'brain gym' as well, just trying to remember the steps! The videos Ann has made are brilliant as you can practise at home if you want to.
The upbeat music and dancing always leaves me with a smile on my face!

Diane Surry

I have been attending for about 2 years. Ann is an inspiration, full of energy and someone to aspire to. I wish I’d found her 20 years ago!

Siobhan Dallibar

I started FitSteps about 18 months ago because I wanted to get fitter & I also love dancing. Three things happened:
1. I made many new friends
2. I now know many dance steps which I didn’t before
3. I feel a lot fitter & most of all I enjoy it

Ann Makes the classes not only interesting, but fun!

Sue Wise

I always enjoyed dancing when I was younger but forgot just how much fun it was until I joined Ann’s classes. You get a real buzz and sense of satisfaction from learning the new steps and no one cares whether you get it right, you are just dancing to the music and having fun. Ann puts in so much passion and dedication and her enjoyment of dance shines through. I always look forward to going each week and thoroughly recommend joining.

Julie Hobbs

I swear that Ann has a big torture book and that she is going through it
trying every exercise out on us. Joking apart, I have attended all of Ann's classes
for over 23 years and I have never been bored or grown tired of them; the
classes are well structured and constantly evolving.
As I am hard of hearing, it could sometimes be difficult to follow the
classes but Ann has developed her own sign language to give me clues; it is
really nice to find someone so thoughtful!

Mu Pearce

I have been attending Ann's classes for many years and have found them beneficial in many ways. Having worked as a physio for over 40 years I have found her classes are always varied & interesting! I have never been stiff even after 3 back to back classes on a Monday evening. They are good fun and sociable but also good for memory (lose concentration then you have to have a drink break!) Excellent classes and good value for money but above all really good for fitness at whatever level so suitable for all ages.

Judy Mckemey

I joined Fitsteps about 18 months ago following a fairly long bout of ill-health & operations - I was at a point where I wanted to do more exercise to increase my fitness and wellbeing but I knew there was no way I could attempt anything like aerobics or the like. I had also lost a lot of my confidence and, if I'm honest, I very nearly chickened out of my first class! I am so very glad I didn't. With Ann's help and encouragement I have thoroughly enjoyed the classes and I have built my strength and health up in a way I never imagined I could. I have also made some very good friends in the classes and really look forward to going each week - we work hard but we have a laugh too, the camaraderie is great. I can honestly say that Fitsteps has not just helped my physical self but it has also given me back a lot of confidence too.

Many years ago ( some 40 odd shhh!) I used to do Ballroom & Latin American dancing so I knew I would enjoy that aspect of the classes but even if you've never danced before don't let that put you off - I introduced one of my best friends to Fitsteps last year and she had never danced before (had never even watched Strictly!!) and we both go twice a week now!

Also don't be put off if you think that there might be a certain step or something you can't do - don't worry, Ann will show you an alternative that will just slot in to cover that spot. For example, some of us can't spin or turn too many times without getting dizzy so we just do the "alternate" step while everyone else turns and then we all carry on together. In the same way if you make a mistake don't worry, look around you, someone else (probably me) will be laughing because they too have tripped or missed a step!!

So to finish, do give Fitsteps a go. Come along if you want a fun, friendly, really good, total work-out with a great teacher and lovely ladies too. I am definitely much fitter, healthier and more confident than before.

Rosemary Roberts

I started attending Ann's step classes when they began 24 years ago and absolutely loved it! Ann is the most lovely, supportive and professional instructor I have ever met. It's no wonder she has such a loyal following. Ann's classes have always been easy to follow but challenging enough to get results and never been boring. I always feel motivated by Ann's choreography and her sense of humour means it's fun but I also know how thorough Ann is to ensure the classes are safe and effective. I have tried many fitness classes but keep coming back to Ann. 23 years on and I'm still loving the Step as well as the Abs and Fitsteps classes.

Lindsey Blain

On the recommendation of a friend, I first started going to Ann's Step class just over 20 years ago, I really liked it from the start, I've had a few breaks for various reasons over the years but this is by far my favourite form of exercise.

Just over 2 years ago I started Fit Steps and I'm still trying to get the hang of it, there's so many things to try and get right, but I'm hopeful of mastering a dance without any mistakes one day. Then earlier this year I added shape and tone to my exercise regime, it's fun, but tough.

I've dabbled in various classes over the years, but Ann is so passionate about what she does other instructors could learn a lot since her teaching is exemplary! Ann is welcoming and makes the classes fun with some humour thrown in, sometimes I don't know whether to laugh of keep moving.

Sally Annells

“I walked into Ann’s fitness classes twenty five years ago and have never looked back, I do step, core strength, shape and tone and fitsteps, Ann’s classes are highly motivating, fun and full of challenges for all ages and abilities.

Thanks to Ann’s outstanding instruction and extensive knowledge of all aspects of fitness I am fitter, stronger, healthier and happy for my 59 years.”

Sharon Gould

Following on from a serious back operation in Nov 2014 which left me walking with the aid of sticks, I honestly felt at a very personal low. To help myself I had already embarked on a weight loss journey but had come to a standstill . I was left with an overwhelming lack of confidence in my own body. A friend suggested I gave Ann's class a go. Years before I had attended for a short time and enjoyed myself. Feeling I had nothing to lose I joined up. Hand on heart I can honestly say it's been a turning point. I have regained confidence in myself and my body has never been in better condition and the results have seen me lose in total 8 stone in weigh - half of that since I re-joined Ann's Step class.

I have now also taken on the Abs class, which I can't say I enjoy, but my doctor and surgeon are over the moon with the results as my core strength has increased substantially. A massive thank you to Ann you really have made massive difference .......

Mandy Hartman

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The Fitness Family members commute from all over Sussex to attend classes in Burgess Hill.

Some commute from Worthing, Horsham, Brighton, Copthorne, Crawley, Henfield, Plumpton Green,  Bolney,  Albourne, Sayers Common, Scaynes Hill,  Cuckfield, Haywards Heath, Hassocks & Hurstpierpoint, in addition to those living in Burgess Hill itself.

FITSTEPS

Inspired by the TV show ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ & created by Ian Waite & Natalie Lowe, this class combines the most popular Latin & Ballroom dances to create an interval training workout. After a warm-up the class flows from one style of dance to the next. Three or four dance styles are included each week focusing on one particular dance each month which is then practiced more than the others. www.fitsteps.co.uk.

FITSTEPS Trainee

Small Group & Personal Trainee FitSteps® coaching is available on request. In addition, Saturday morning camps are held each month to walk through the basic steps of the focus dance. New members with no prior dance or FitSteps® experience will need to join a trainee session. If preferred, there are a selection of on-line video tutorials available to practice at home.

Step

A fun & upbeat choreographed cardiovascular class with a variety of options provided for you to work at your own pace. Benefits include: fat burning, improved stamina, energy, circulation, flexibility, stress reduction, lower-body strength & tone.

Abs & Core

This 15 minute class focuses on the abdominal & core muscles which play an important role in maintaining good posture & a healthy back. Correct alignment & technique are emphasised throughout.

Shape & Tone

A total body sculpting class designed to improve shape, muscular strength, balance, flexibility, posture & functional movements. A variety of exercises are performed each week using a selection of equipment.

Enjoy a happier, healthier & fuller life

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