I have been delivering dance fitness sessions for the active older adult since 2012, after leaving an extensive career in education, formally I was as a lecturer in Contemporary Dance and then a High School Dance Teacher. While reflecting on the next stage of my career I was introduced to the wonderful world of Zumba Fitness and began to deliver sessions across Manchester. After a while I noticed some of the older participants had stopped attending the sessions. When I caught up with some of them they told me that the high-impact session was affecting their joints. So I decided to train in adapting excercise for the Older Adult and started teaching Zuma Gold Sessions.
As the class attendance began to grow, I noticed there was a nice buzz of friendly chatter before and after the session, people began offering each other lifts and asking after those they have not seen for a while. I soon realised the sessions were more than a fitness class. A community of friends was forming around the fitness sessions and that is how Fiona's Fitness and Friends began.