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Fantasy Hour

Fantasy role model

So, after a Zumba session I took this week one of the older members of the class, who likes to reserve her spot right at the front came up to me and told me that she loved my class and it was her ‘fantasy hour.’ I laughed and smiled, thinking she was referring to how you can lose yourself in the music and choreography.

‘Yes,’ she continued, ‘for an hour every week I fantasise that I am you up there, that I look like you and dance like you.’

I laughed and smiled again. And gently ushered out the lovely, mad Zumba lady.


Note to self: do not eat carrots before a workout. They will make you feel very, very sick. They do not digest in time and with every clean and press you think there is going to be carrot vomit on your step.


Aching body

I had an aching body this weekend. Like, really aching. Like, aching as never before. Because I trained to be a R.I.P.P.E.D instructor. It was A.W.E.S.O.M.E

RIPPED stands for Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyo, Endurance and Diet. I got put through my paces for each of these levels to get my certification. I hope I get a 3 (top level instructor) and not a 2 (mid-level instructor) because I got freakin’ 98% in my exam! Hell yeah!


(That’s my little orange/brown face in the back left peaking through)

It was hard bloody work, and now all I want to do is teach RIPPED – it is a total body workout and is super fun – it definitely works other places that Zumba currently does not reach!

Rocking body

‘Hi, I’m Claire…’

‘Oh, you’re Claire – yes, I recognize you – you’re the Brit with the ROCKING BODY.’

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I auditioned for a Zumba instructor role today, which was a new experience. I loved it – a whole crowd baiting you, waiting for you to come on and challenge them, and it worked out pretty well – I played to my strengths and got a good reaction. How nice when someone comes up and says to the person assessing me at the end: ‘You have to employ her, we loved her stuff’.


This has been a very positive blog to write.

Happy fun, filled fitness days!

About the author

Claire Bolden

Claire Bolden McGill is a British expat who lived in Maryland for three years and moved back to the UK in August 2015. Claire wrote about her life as a British expat on the East Coast and now works in travel and hospitality PR in the UK. She still finds time to blog about her repatriation and the reverse culture shock that ensued - and she still hasn't finished that novel, but she's working on it. You can contact Claire via twitter on @clairebmcgill or via her blog From America to England. Contact the author.

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