Everything has to start somewhere and here's how I started teaching fitness and Pilates...
Mine was with Jane Fonda and the double album of her very first workout. My cousin Sue lent it to me.
Those opening bars of "Can you feel it...?" had me hooked.
Training to teach aerobics in the north-west of England was sparse, then I saw a newspaper advert for the YMCA holding a course in Burnley on Friday, Saturday and Sundays. I paid (what was then) a kings ransom to attend.
I took the course, completed my '10-progression plan', and my class, all with chart-hits of the day. But I failed my 10-week plan... BOO HOO! Not to be deterred, I went off, re-did my plan, which I had to take back and have another viva (this time with Cherry Baker), and I passed. That was over 30 years ago.
I wanted to take the aerobics qualification as all I wanted to do was teach Step, Step and nothing but Step. Can you tell that I loved Step? Who didn't want to BE, not like; but BE Gin Miller, the originator of STEP Reebok?
Over the years, step got very fast and complicated, and more about the instructor showing off, rather than giving a workout to the class: this was something my body couldn't take for much longer, so I changed to Pilates - but that's another story for another blog!
If it wasn't for Jane and Gin, I would still be a civil servant within the Department of Work and Pensions.