ShakeUp Fit are all about livening up the average workout and making people smile, which we love. With their classes shaking up the scene in East London, we decided it was high time we sat them down and found out a bit more. And that’s where ShakeUp Fit’s lovely leader Mel came in:
How did you get into what you do?
I started by going along to a friend’s class who had just started teaching Zumba. She needed some moral support and I fell in love with it. A couple months later we had cover teachers while she was away that the class just hated. So many teachers have so many different styles that it’s hard to introduce a class to a new style if they are used to yours. She then asked me to start covering, which I did, and then after a few years I started my own classes! Now I teach dance fitness and am training to be a yoga teacher.
How would you describe your teaching style?
My style is very mixed. We have some Zumba, and a bit of street dance in there too. I like to teach to music I enjoy so you’ll often come along and just hear songs in the charts. Everybody loves a good workout to Beyoncé and Bieber.
Why would you recommend your activity?
It’s fun. The girls who come along are so lovely and welcoming. They work so hard but the best part is they never stop smiling or laughing. I always make a joke of some kind when I see they are struggling and they just smile and keep going. We sweat but we also smile.
Can you tell us something surprising about yourself?
By day I work in the financial industry! I’m a business analyst these days but did 10 years working for different investment banks.
What’s your favourite thing to do when you’re not at work?
Fitness. If I’m not doing yoga, I’m dancing or I’m swimming. I love trying out new types as well. I went to a trampoline park recently and loved it and am trying to get into a class to try out the new aqua board exercise where you do HIIT workouts on an inflatable board on a pool!
What’s your favourite part of London? Any places you’d recommend there?
I was born and raised in Hackney, so I’m a full-on East London boy. I now live further out East but I still love East London. It’s so diverse, it’s so creative and there are such cool trends that come in and out. The food courts and music festivals have to be the best in East!
If you could try any experience in the world, what would it be, and why?
I’d love to learn how to fly. I actually don’t like flying much myself, but I reckon I would love to be at the front steering the plane. To be able to soar, to be able to have that feeling of weightlessness would just be incredible.
What does the future have in store for you?
Hopefully more of the same. I’d like to build my classes up to really good numbers, keep exploring new forms of fitness, and build some yoga classes. Long term, I’d love to have my own studio but I know that’s a long way off yet. I love meeting new people and getting them along to my class to smile. If you like smiling and want to work out at the same time, then come and meet me!
So, how about shaking up your next workout? You can book ShakeUp Fit’s sessions here. Have an awesome time!