Week beginning 15 June

Hello everyone

Wow it was great to see some of you in person last week. We had a great outdoor Zumba on Monday and a peaceful Pilates on Tuesday both on the Folly Café Lawn with a two sessions of Nordic Walking! It was a good feeling to be doing something normal again and getting together.
I have been trying to use this hiatus as effectively as possible and I have been doing quite a lot of on line teacher training. I am doing a level 3 exercise for older adults course which is proving to be really interesting. I am also  going to be training as a Relaxation, Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher – something I have been meaning to do for a long time. A lot of reading for me! 

For outdoor classes I need to keep an eye on the weather forecast so I have moved the outdoor Pilates from Tuesday to Thursday next week. I have added another outdoor Zumba next week on Thursday as Monday is full. Not only am I keeping my eye on the weather but also all the government announcements and COVID news so that is why I am only planning a week at a time!

There is a Nordic Walking Technique course at 11.30am on Monday 15 June. A number of people have been asking about that.

I am trying an experiment with SWITA and Pilates next week to deliver them through Facebook Live AND Zoom – see what happens!

Gymcatch for outdoor classes and social distancing
Because of the numbers are limited  I  needed a booking system which is now up and running and can be found on www.gymcatch.com  -go to this web-site and click the red ‘book’ button on the top right hand side. If you are going to use one of your pre-paid tickets from you 12 for 10 book of tickets that you bought before lockdown  use the code TICKETBOOK when asked for payment. Nordic Walkers please bring your own poles and Pilates bring their own mat. All outdoor classes are following guidelines on social distancing and max number 5.

The Do Fitness YouTube Channel 
Don’t forget there are plenty of videos on our channel for you to use! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQNb2YwdoAWWh_4gPXEYbA?view_as=subscriber

Monday 15 June
9am  Start the week with Interval training for all SWITA Facebook Live on Do Fitness private group  www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949     and Zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89991736769?pwd=TkQ1ZjFDSjhyM2xxK2wzSDJxcmx0dz09
Meeting ID: 899 9173 6769 Password: 208747

10.30 Zumba outdoors FULL

11.30am Nordic Walking Technique course

Tuesday 16 June
11.30am Nordic Walking FULL

Wednesday 17 June
9.30am Zumba Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81949035865?pwd=TTc0ZWdLa1NBbmdhWHJlblhkVU9KQT09

4pm Nordic Walking Cuerden www.gymcatch.com

Thursday 18 June
9.30am Zumba outdoors www.gymcatch.com
10.30am Pilates outdoors www.gymcatch.com
6.30am Nordic Walking Worden www.gymcatch.com

Friday 19 June
9.30am Zumba Zoom  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84842755886?pwd=b3pYTldjYzhsUm44aWc2eGtPRFd1UT09 Meeting ID: 848 4275 5886 Password: 759624

10.30 Pilates  Zoom   https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83365549351?pwd=OVF6c21tT0xhVU15SjEveHZBc1NYQT09 Meeting ID: 833 6554 9351
Password: 766313

Love to you all.

Baby steps, outdoor and virtual classes

Hello everyone

I continue with my recovery from the MS flare up and enjoying the fact that I can ride my bike again and loving having my energy and joie de vivre back. Thanks again for all your messages.
As an instructor I have to keep a close eye on the news to see what we are permitted to do. We are now allowed to teach in small groups with 5 participants outdoors observing Social Distancing and with no shared equipment. So we are taking baby steps to get back towards live  classes. Small group Nordic Walking will start and the owners of the Folly Café on Worden Park have kindly given me the use of their lawn for classes too. Obviously because of the numbers are limited  I  needed a booking system which is now up and running and can be found on www.gymcatch.com  -go to this web-site and click the red ‘book’ button on the top right hand side. If you are going to use one of your pre-paid tickets from you 12 for 10 book of tickets that you bought before lockdown  use the code TICKETBOOK when asked for payment. Nordic Walkers please bring your own poles and Pilates and Start the Week Circuits your own mat. If you try to book on and all the places are gone text me to let me know so I can judge demand to see if we put more classes on . It is all weather dependant of course! There will be a Zoom Zumba next week a Facebook Live Pilates too.
I won’t plan too far ahead with outdoor classes because we don’t know how things will go with government announcements or  the weather.

Love to you all.


Monday 8 June
9.30am Start the Week Circuits Folly Café Lawn       www.gymcatch.com
10.30am Zumba Folly Café Lawn                              www.gymcatch.com

Tuesday 10 June
10am Pilates                                                              www.gymcatch.com
11.30am Nordic Walking (Worden)                             www.gymcatch.com

Wednesday 10 June
9.30am  Zumba Zoom                                               https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86291923612?pwd=Sk5aWDRSam94UldCdVRkOGdScCtoUT09
                                                                                   Meeting ID: 862 9192 3612 Password: 950370
Thursday 11 June
10.30am Pilates                                                          Facebook Live –
                                                                                    private group 
6pm Nordic Walking (Worden)                                    www.gymcatch.com

Starting to recover and thank you for your lovely messages

Hello everyone,

Just a quick hello to keep in touch. I hope you are all well. 

I am sorry to have disappeared but the MS flare up stopped me from doing everything. I really wasn’t very well. Even sending an email would have been too much! I am so fortunate to be starting to recover now. Relapsing Remitting MS is very unpredictable. Thank you everyone for your lovely messages! 

I am hoping to start posting some videos again soon but taking things slowly – I have a tendency to be too optimistic!

Listening to the news and reading  different sources I think one of the first things to start again will be Nordic Walking in small groups with social distancing. I will keep you posted.

Lots of love everyone – missing you all.

Taking a week off from live virtual classes week beginning Monday 11 May

Hello everyone

I am so sorry but week beginning Monday 11 May  there will be no live virtual classes. I have started to experience  my MS symtoms increasing so I need to take a step back for a week. There are now over 55 videos on my YouTube channel for you to access. 
Here is the link to my YouTube channel

For my seated class members this is a really useful video to add a daily challenge to your routine.

Take care lovely people. Lots of love.



Week beginning 4 May timetable, YouTube and new classes

Hello everyone

I hope you are doing ok. Well a new month and in the media the discussion is all about coming out of lockdown in a phased way -when, what and how. My feeling is that it will be a while before we go back to meeting up for group classes so I am continuing to develop my online classes and my YouTube library. Wow what a learning curve! Thank you for people who have been supporting me with donations – it really helps – more information about virtual classes and donating on https://dofitness.org/timetable-2

Timetable – week beginning 4 May

Monday 4 May

Start the Week Interval Training for All –SWITA 9.30am Facebook Live
Pilates  4:30 PM Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 859 7084 4705 Password: 007505
Tuesday 5 May
Topic: Zumba Gold
Time: May 5, 2020 01:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 891 9383 3256 Password: 019470
Wednesday 6 May
Topic: Zumba
Time: May 6, 2020 09:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 4422 7038 Password: 029162

Pilates 10.30am Facebook Live

Thursday 7 May
Topic: Zumba Gold
Time: May 7, 2020 01:30 PM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 829 2593 6876 Password: 017454

Standing Stretch, Strengthen and Balance 2.30pm Facebook Live
Friday 8 May
Topic: Zumba
Time: May 8, 2020 09:30 AM
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 897 3812 9773 Password: 006938

Chairfit 11.30am Facebook Live
Topic: Pilates Cancelled due to VE Day
Time: May 8, 2020 0
YouTube – playlists
At the end of one of our Zumba Zoom sessions the question was asked if I could put my Youtube videos in ‘categories’ – I am working on that but in the meantime Soo has sent me the following for you to make your own Playlists from my Youtube library. Thank you Soo!
Creating a playlist in YouTube – you can only do this if you have an account with YouTube which you will need to sign in to – it’s free and all you need is an e-mail address and you will have to create a password

 Go to Do Fitness on YouTube  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQNb2YwdoAWWh_4gPXEYbA?view_as=subscriber
Select video which you want to add to playlist
Under the video, there are various options which include Share or Save
Click on Save – this will bring up an option to Save To, and there will also be an option here to Create New Playlist
Click on Create New Playlist and you will be given the option to name your playlist, I have called mine Zumba Routine 1, and so on.  When you have given it a title, make sure you click Create to save your playlist
You can now add as many videos as you like to this playlist by following the above steps with each video you choose, because when you click Save, the playlist will automatically pop up and you just need to click on it and the video will go into the playlist. To access your playlists, you will need to go to the Library option which is part of YouTube. You can re-order your list of videos easily enough but I always make sure I start with a warm up, finish with a cool down track, and just pop my favourites inbetween. They should play one after the other, just like your routines.

New Classes
I am going to do a Standing Stretch, Strengthen and Balance class on Thursday 2.30pm (you will need something some thing to hold onto like a kitchen cabinet or chair) and a Chairfit on Friday 11.30am both on Facebook Live.

Take care – I am off to my allotment now.


Virtual timetable and other news

Hello everyone,
Well week 5 in the new world of lockdown. I hope you are all doing well. It is so nice to see everyone on Zoom and get messages from you on Facebook Live. I have a few chats with people on the phone  too. Interesting to find out how people are keeping fit. Cycling seems to be a bit hit at the moment. It feels so much safer with less traffic on the roads. Gardening too has also been great for keeping fit. You are all going to have perfect gardens. I am lucky that we are allowed to go on our allotments so I cycle down  to my allotment which is heavenly first thing. I might have developed an allotment addiction though and I am boring my daughter crazy with my allotment ‘news’ eg my courgettes are coming through.

The Mystery Veg Box
I want to thank the person, who remained anonymous, for the veg and fruit box that arrived. It felt like  Christmas! Maybe one day you will tell me who you are.

The 2.6 Challenge
Also one of my lovely class members did 26 of my Zumba dances for the 2.6 Challenge and is donating to the my son Yianni’s memorial fund for Overcoming MS.   https://overcomingms.org/latest/yianni-overcoming-ms-bursary-fund .Thank you so much.

Videos on YouTube and any requests?
I try to post a film a day on Facebook from my YouTube Channel  with the idea that a dance a day will lift the spirits. There is also now a recording of a Pilates session for people who have done Pilates with me. If you have any requests for a dance or a certain kind of class please let me know. For everything together go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkQNb2YwdoAWWh_4gPXEYbA?view_as=subscriber

Virtual Timetable Week Beginning 27 April – there are no classes on Thursday as it is the anniversary of my son Yianni’s death.

Monday 27 April
9.30am Start the Week Circuits
Facebook  on private Do Fitness Group  please join if you haven’t already https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949/ – I will post it on YouTube later for those who don’t use Facebook. 
4.30pm Pilates Zoom

Meeting ID: 839 6195 7765 Password: 621702

Tuesday 28 April  
1.30pm Zumba Gold Zoom


Meeting ID: 869 9280 7650 Password: 428045

Wednesday 29 April
9.30am Zumba Zoom


Meeting ID: 840 7005 7565 Password: 11681610.30am Pilates Facebook Live
on Facebook  on private Do Fitness Group  please join if you haven’t already https://www.facebook.com/groups/1113432258991949

Friday 1 May
9.30am Zumba Zoom

Meeting ID: 897 5590 3257Password: 861244

6.30pm Pilates Zoom

Meeting ID: 864 8352 7208 Password: 485288

Lots of love