It’s time for another ‘What’s it like as a HulaFit Instructor, where we chat with our fab instructors and get the scoop on their HulaFit journey.
This time we caught up with the lovely Carrie Phillips, who has been running multiple sell-out HulaFit classes in Kidderminster, UK. She’s been teaching since June 2021, and her classes have gone from strength to strength. She told us how she discovered hula hooping, adapting her classes for a pandemic and what it’s like to be a HulaFit instructor.
When did you certify as a HulaFit instructor?
In August 2020.
When was the first time you picked up a hula hoop?
I first attempted hula hooping on 7th January 2020 which is a very precise date but one I won’t forget! I was in a really bad place with my mental health when I started hula hooping and it has helped me so much. I practised every single day determind to mater the hoop and once it clicked I quickly became an addict!
What made you decide to take the training?
I was very new to Hula hooping when I applied to train as a HulaFit instructor but I had found such a love for it that I knew I had to take a chance and apply. I wanted to share the amazing benefits with others and I want to share the fun it brings too! I am so glad I did! It is the best job and I love seeing everyone smile, laugh, build their confidence and have fun in classes.
How did you find the training experience?
I did all of my training during lockdown so it was lovely to connect with others online who shared the passion for hula hooping. I found it all really interesting and enjoyed learning.
When did you launch HulaFit?
I was due to launch in November 2020 but decided not to in the end as it didn’t feel right following the government announcement at that time. I finally launched on 14th June 2021 when the time felt right and I have loved every single class I’ve done.
How have you adapted to the situation around the pandemic?
I started classes outdoors where we had lots of room under lovely blue skies and you can’t get too close with a hula hoop! As the nights got cooler and darker we moved indoors which has mostly been fine despite a few Covid challenges!
What impact has HulaFit had on your participants?
I have heard so much laughter and seen so many smiles and cheers in my classes, it is really lovely. Many of my Hoopers have said that classes really lift their mood and they feel so much better after a class. They’re making so much progress with their hooping skills too.
How far do people travel for your class?
Most are local so within about a 20-minute drive but I’ve had a few come from further away.
What are the biggest benefits of being part of the HulaFit family?
We have a lovely HulaFit team who are helpful and supportive. We also have great resources to support us too.
Fancy another ‘What it’s like as a hooping instructor’? Read our Q&A with Abby.