Friday, November 15, 2013

B - is for Bellyfit

Before I get too far down this little path of blogging, I want to introduce a concept I came up with when I started to do a branding exercise that then inspired loads of content for this blog.  I started coming up with a whole bunch of health and fitness words and then got the idea that I could "blog by the alphabet" and create posts where the focus is the next letter in the alphabet.  Over the next while you'll see this idea unfold and will hopefully help me provide lots of variety and motivation when creating content for this blog.

Today's alphabet post is brought to you by the letter "B."  I would like to introduce you to one of my favourite classes to teach - Bellyfit.


What is Bellyfit?
Bellyfit is a holistic fitness class that offers so much more than just another dance-based fitness class.  It is designed exclusively for women and takes inspiration from bellydance, african dance, bollywood, bhangra, as well as yoga and Pilates. Bellyfit is a workout for the body but also connects with the mind and spirit.  Watch the video below to hear what creator of Bellyfit Alice Bracegirdle has to say about it.


Bellyfit is a Canadian creation originating in Victoria, B.C.  I was first introduced to it in 2011 at a fitness conference I went to that Alice Bracegirdle was presenting at.  I fell in love with the class format right away and had an opportunity to chat with Alice after the class.

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(Bellyfit Training course photo - June 2012) Apparently I have to be front & center :P

I completed my instructor training in the summer of 2012 and now it's one of my favourite programs to teach.  It's very different from Zumba(r) because the class has a much more defined structure.

What you can expect in a Bellyfit Class:
- Opening meditation - when starting a Bellyfit class you are encouraged to take a moment to unwind, check in with your body and prepare for what's to come in the class
- Warm-up - the warm up is a series of simple movements that start to get you moving and gives your body a feel of what's to come
- Cardio - here's where the work begins.  You learn 2 cardio combinations and put them together to get a good sweat on!
- Cardio cool-down - before moving into the rest of the class, it's important to bring the heart rate down a bit and centre yourself, being mindful of your body and how you're feeling
- Isolations - practicing movement of one part of the body at a time
- Core work - a strong core is essential for everyday life.  Bellyfit has unique ways of incorporating core strengthening drawing inspiration from Pilates and yoga.
- Stretch - Connect and unwind with yoga-inspired stretches that are good for your body and mind
- Closing mediation - Hold on for one last moment before heading back out into your busy life!



Sounds great - Where can I find classes?!
The best place to start looking is online on the Bellyfit website here.  If you're in the Saskatoon area, I teach with the Lakeview Community Association.

If you can't find any classes near where you are you could always see if there's a training you could take (and start teaching!) or purchase the Bellyfit Elements videos!
 
Does this sound like fun to you? Would you give it a try?  If you need more information or are interested in becoming an instructor, contact me with any questions you might have! 

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