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Fitness conventions

So this weekend, I travelled to Blackpool for the International Fitness showcase convention (IFS).  I’ve been teaching for 5 years, but never been to a fitness convention. However this year, I had some little chums to go with – Jill and Marie who own Vitality  Pilates studio in Durham and their friend Carol. I take classes at Jill and and Marie’s studio – yes even us instructors like to go to classes ourselves.  We hired a car, booked a B&B and off we went. It was Awesome!!!!!!! ,  The event was held in the Winter Gardens in Blackpool

So basically every hour there were around 10 sessions – classes/workshops/lectures going on. You picked the ones you wanted to do – we were sent the timetable for the weekend in advance and you had to select first, second and third choices of sessions.  The sessions were really busy but I did mange to get a couple of my first choices hurrah

My favourite sessions were

Booty Barre  – I actually was lucky enough to do the two master classes on Saturday with the Booty Barre creator Tracey Mallett. Tracey was lovely , though she worked us hard!. she had flown over from LA and was really feeling the cold wind of Blackpool !.

Freestyle fitness Yoga – you guys know I love me some Yoga and I loved this session

I also took in a lecture, how to flatten your abs forever  focusing  on nutrition, which was really interesting.

i took in some Dance aerobic classes too, which were so much fun. Though I took one aerobics class – you know that episode of Friends, where Monica gets her credit card stolen, and she takes a tap dancing class to try and find the woman who has stolen her identity?. All the class are in sync apart from Monica who just freestyles – well I was totally Monica in this aerobics class haha. I had to totally freestyle as I was soooo bamboozled!!!.  (see and there is another   Friends reference  – the  episode where Joey audtions to be the presenter of a new Game show called Bamboozled – do I watch too much Friends maybe???? nah never  its like my life bible lol – anyone else??).

There was a drinks reception on Friday and a gala dinner Saturday so we could also swap our trainers and workout clothes for our heels and dresses hurrah.

All in all an amazing weekend with a group of lovely girls, We all came away buzzing with new ideas for class sessions and we all agreed bring on IFS 2017!



our Box to Beat event – Sunday 28th February

The Mis-Fit family never cease to amaze me.  As a boxercise instructor, we were invited to organise a Box to beat event. – a joint campaign with Boxercise and the Ovarian – it would be a 3 hour long Boxercise class. It was an event created to raise awareness and much needed funds for research during March which is Ovarian Cancer month.  I asked the Mis-Fits if anyone would like to take part and got lots of yes’s :-).

So we organised our event for Sunday 29th February. Mark at the North Durham Academy in Stanley, where we have some of our classes, very kindly allowed us the use of the theatre for the event. Thanks Mark!!!!.

3 hours is a long time to workout – ha the guys are usually moaning 5 minutes into a regular class (though  they love it really heehee). So I knew I needed to make it a fun filled session.

I think I achieved it – the guys were laughing throughout it all and they all agreed they had had fun and the time just flew over . I’ve had some of the guys  requesting  to do it all again next year!.

We set ourselves a £500 target  –  as of today though we have actually raised over £900!!!!!!!!.  our little community has come together and supported one another and raised an incredible amount of money for a brilliant cause.

A HUGE thank you to all those who took part and to all of Mis-Fits, and our family and friends who have donated so so generously!.

the 2016 Box to Beat Mis-Fit team!  Marie and Tracey Sowerby, Tracy Walton,Gillian and Tash Corney, Clare Tilney, Pamela Smith , Deborah Wyatt, Joanne Neilands, Daneka Adams, Andrea Gray, Bev Charlton, Jayne Emma Turner and of course our very own Martin Greensitt.

box to beat


Check out how much fun the guys had – thanks to Tasha Corney for the Flipogram!


Out with New Years Resolutions…In with Positive Intentions

Out with New Year Resolutions and In with Positive Intentions 

As we prepare to say a goodbye 2015 and Welcome in  2016, for a lot of people its a time of reflection and making resolutions for the year ahead.
A New year equals a fresh start, a chance to make changes for self improvement.  Most people full of Turkey, chocolate, buffet food  and alcohol make  New Year  resolutions  , often with too many restrictions for you to actually be able to keep it up for any longer than a few weeks and lets face it  we can plan as much as we like, however life happens and can on occasion throw us a curveball which can knock us off track. Then when it all goes wrong, you can be left feeling like a total failure and just give up entirely.

So for 2016, why not try a different tact – rather than make a New year resolution, why not set yourself some Positive intentions for the year ahead.   Intentions are Positive calls to action  – something you would like to do rather than maybe something perhaps you feel you should. Its an ongoing process and leaves room for a little more flexibility especially when life throws those curve balls at you!.

so for example    Rather than say My New Years resolution is to go on a diet and  lose weight, therefore I am only going to eat Salad for the whole of January  and get up an hour earlier to do an hours workout before work  but   lets face it – who wants to eat salad in January – its freezing cold and Salad can get boring very quickly!!!!!!!!  And those dark mornings when you want to bury under the covers just for 5 minutes more…..  why not say this year   I will Love myself enough to make more healthier food choices   and move a little more . You could aim to try a new healthy food recipe  once a week , and/or set yourself a challenge to be active every day  even if its only 10 minutes on busy days –  something as simple as sticking your favourite song on and dancing around to it at home – its a cardio workout!.   Little changes all add up and just by make small changes to your nutrition and moving a little more , you’ll start to notice the positive benefits and want to keep it up  perhaps adding further challenges as you grow more confident in your journey.


I challenge myself to try something new   -maybe its a new hobby, experience ,book, a new type of food .

I aim to visit a place I have never visited before  -maybe its a Country / City you’ve always wanted to travel to.

So get your journal/notebook and a pen and think what would I like to happen in 2016 and write it down and keep it to hand as a daily reminder of your hopes and dreams for the year ahead .   After all its the first blank page of a 366  day year in 2016 – make it a good one!.

I’d love to hear what your Positive intentions are for 2016 !  Follow me on Twitter @mis_fit1 or Instagram @Littlemisfitjojo
or facebook /lilmisfit1

Wishing you all a Wonderfully Happy and healthy New Year – may all your wishes come true xxxxx

  Why the Scales are not always the best tool in your Health and Fitness Journey 

How many times have you stepped on the scales, after having what you thought was a really “good” week, only to be disheartened  not to see any movement on the numbers, or even worse a change in the wrong direction???.

As a fitness instructor, this is the most common question – why after doing all this exercise am I not losing any weight or even gaining weight.

We’ve all been there. You sweated buckets and managed to avoid the temptation of the biscuit tin and the scale hasn’t even moved!, all that hard work for nothing. Except it wasn’t  – look beyond the number on the scale. Scales are not always a true indication of how healthy you are. If you work out a lot – you will probably find that actually you maybe weigh more , why? lean Muscle is why . Muscle weighs  more than fat but takes up less room. So yes the number on the scale is higher but your clothes are smaller – hurrah. plus the more muscle you have the more fat you burn.  Look at the picture below – at her heaviest weight – she actually has the leaner more toned body.


(Thanks to Train Like Beauty for Image Use)

A lean body is gained by combining working out with  eating   clean healthy  fresh foods and Limiting the amount of processed foods, alcohol, fizzy pop, and sugar.

By all means continue to weigh yourself on occasion, but also measure yourself and just take a  look at yourself in the mirror – do you see muscle tone start to appear?, are your clothes fitting better than before? – maybe you have dropped a dress size, despite the number on the scale. Do you feel more energetic and positive? .  Do you feel fitter, stronger?, are you able to progress to the next level such as full press up? . Look beyond the scales – if you are working out and eating healthy, little changes are happening and  those little changes all add up to huge progress.