FITPOD is a collection of multidisciplinary fitness and exercise studios at Lifestyle Centre in Ballito, offering beautiful spaces for you to stretch it out on a pilates or yoga mat, practice functional fitness or move your body to various forms of dance. Meet some of the regular FITPOD instructors and make a choice to start a new fitness regime this year…
NATASHIA – FOOTWORX DANCE CENTRE
FootworX Dance Centre offers a large variety of dance styles and techniques such as a contemporary, hip-hop, ballet, tap, modern, jazz and burlesque. With an absolute passion for dance, Natashia aims to offer her clients the opportunity to study various dance styles at one venue to eventually become a versatile dancer ready for the dance industry. Details: 082 560 7861.
COLIN & TERRI – DANCE CAFÉ
One of South Africa’s largest dance centres, Dance Café offers ballroom, Latin, Argentine tango, salsa, bachata, kizomba, line dance, barre works, wedding dance and flamenco, in private lessons or group classes. Colin and Terri have decades of performance, theatre and teaching experience. Details: Colin 079 435 7552 /Terri 079 993 6694
ALYSSA – SINDY MURUVAN SCHOOL OF DANCE
Alyssa’s lifelong love for dance started in 2005 when she joined Sindy Muruvan School of Dance as a young girl. She has been trained in modern Bollywood dance, as well as semi classical, and has been co-teaching alongside instructor Sindy Muruvan for the past 2 years. Alyssa’s emphasis is on creating an exciting way for kids, teens and adults to keep fit and energised, make new friends, improve confidence and develop cultural awareness. Details: 083 626 4449.
TASH – TASHB PILATES
TashB Pilates, owned and run by Tash Barnard, is a full-service Pilates studio offering Pilates classes, private and semi-private appointments with state-of-the-art BASI Systems equipment and passionate instructors. Whether the aim is to achieve new fitness goals, rehabilitate after an injury or just invest in oneself, there is space for everyone to find what they need through expert-led movement and individually tailored sessions.
Details: 079 219 7288, www.tashbpilates.co.za.
HELEN – YOGA EVERYWHERE
This Ashtanga-based Vinyasa style yoga class, that aims to challenge and energise, is led by Helen, a happy yogi and Ashtanga trained yoga instructor who has taught in all the top hot studios in Cape Town. Helen is a six times South African ladies freediving champion, who loves water, her yoga mat and her family.
Details: 079 368 4486
With over 16 years of experience in this industry, well-known Ballito personal trainer, Gina Mazzoni, brings her group and personal training to FITPOD. Her classes are designed for strength, fitness, tone and flexibility for a great body and mind. Gina qualified through ETA and is recognised through the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.
082 781 6759.
CHANTELLE – ZUMBA
With over 10 years of experience as a Zumba instructor, Chantelle’s classes introduce easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Zumba is a Latin inspired fitness programme that combines Latin and international music with dance moves, for which no experience is needed. Zumba Gold is a lower-intensity Zumba class for active older adults. Details: 084 351 2987.
AMY – THE STOW ACADEMY OF IRISH DANCE
The Stow Academy of Irish Dance was established by Amy in Durban North in 2016 and has grown to become one of the top Irish dancing studios in the province, with students who have enjoyed competitive success both regionally and nationally. Amy danced competitively for 15 years and was also the first dancer in KZN to complete all 12 graded Irish dance exams. Details: 082 440 0647.
Find FITPOD at The Studios at Lifestyle Centre, opposite Weylandts, where you ‘ll also be able to browse at ONE, Sweetpeas, Rowdy, Petit Bisous, RUSH and The Gallery, or enjoy a coffee or light bite at Coffee Lab.