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Fitsteps. Fitness over 50 CAN be fun. Fitness Strictly Style

Article by Ceri Wheeldon

Is Fitsteps the ideal workout for women over 50?

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When it comes to fitness, it really is a matter of finding an activity you actually enjoy – and look forward to doing. How many of us tune in to Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday evenings ( I used to enjoy the US version Dancing With The Stars too when it used to air in the UK) and see the celebrities fall in love with dance over the course of the series – while their bodies are transformed in the process.

Well, I have been trying to convince my own husband to join ballroom dancing classes with me for years – to no avail, but now there is an alternative which will help to get me fit and learn some ballroom dance moves- all without a partner! Fitsteps.

What is Fitsteps?

Fitsteps is a dance fitness class put together by Strictly Dancers Ian Waite and Natalie Lowe and former Strictly competitor and swimmer Mark Foster. The classes are a mix of the dance steps from ballroom and latin put together into a fun routine which gets you fit – and you need no previous dance experience.

Fitsteps class with Ian Waite imageI – and my two left feet and total lack of rhythm- went along to a class run by Ian Waite. The room was full of ladies all buzzing with enthusiasm.

I should say that I went along to an established class – just as the slot fitted into my diary, so we went straight into the dances. One of the participants who realised I was new advised me to keep watching Ian’s feet ( he was on a raised stage) to best keep up with the moves.

I loved the class – from the jive to the cha cha cha. We tango’s and waltzed. The first half of the class comprised of the dances which gave us a cardio workout, then the dances (including the Tango) which were slower – but still quite fast to me, which had more shaping and stretching to help tone, and then on to the slower dances to cool down.

Ian explained to me afterwards that each of the 8 different dances we did had comprised of 4 basic moves, and that in the beginners class you would normally start with learning just 4 dances to get familiar with the basic steps. As you move into the advanced classes they will have 8 moves per dance.

I was tremendous fun, high energy, and didn’t feel like exercise at all- although my body certainly knows it has been given a good workout! I have to admit that not being the best co-ordinated of people my arms seemed to go in the opposite direction to everyone elses – but hopefully my co-ordination will improve as I go to more classes – which I absolutely intend to.

Fitsteps has launched classes up and down the country – and Ian mentioned that there will be a Fitsteps DVD coming out soon so that we can Fitstep at home too.

I loved the class – I have finally found a class I can actually look forward to.

Perhaps I should have taken the photo ‘before’ rather than ‘after’ looking slightly bedraggled having jumped around for nearly an hour!

If you want to pop along to any of Ian’s classes (he also teaches Zumba) his class schedule is here. For more info on Fitsteps and their classes nationwide click here.



Ceri Wheeldon

Ceri is Founder and Editor of Fabafterfifty.co.uk She is a frequent speaker at events and in the media on topics related to women over 50 , including style and living agelessly. With 20+ years experience as a headhunter Ceri also now helps support those looking to extend their working lives.

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  1. Jane Waters

    January 31, 2014


    I will be 60 this year so it will be Splendid at Sixty or even more risqué and let’s say Sexy at Sixty as I will no longer be a Fab after Fifty! I thought I would tell you my story. In 2012 I decided to become a mature model after going for a personal photo shoot. Last year I had some health issues and that has made it difficult for me to work but I have overcome those problems now, and although currently also doing a full time job I intend to restart modelling with some shoots in the Spring. I have always loved dancing therefore your article interested me but I thought I would tell you my form of dancing. Last year I started Burlesque dancing. All sizes, shapes and ages attend and we ladies release our inner selves and basically have a whale of a time whilst getting fit. Again towards the end of the year it had to go on hold but I have restarted and really enjoy it. I recommend it to anyone. You need to enjoy the exercise you choose to do otherwise it is easy to throw the towel in. I am going on a residential course at the end of Feb so intensive dancing and a lot of fun to be had. I will certainly continue going into my 60th year! Mind over matter and you are as old as you feel and I don’t feel old at all!

    Kind regards Jane

  2. Kim Early

    May 3, 2014

    Oh I so wish they had classes like this here in the US, or should I say, where I love in the US! I love to dance and use to go to ballroom classes as a young one and loved Latin American dancing. Since moving here 11 yrs ago, going out dancing is a big fat, not happening 🙁 I do go to Jazzercise and love that, but to have a class like this to go too like Fitstrp would be heaven to me! Bring it over to Fauquier County VA please !

  3. Fit Indeed

    January 10, 2015

    I’ve tried FitSteps and I absolutely loved it!!! Dancing makes smile for a long time and burn calories!!!:))))

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