It was the last Medau class of term and we wafted our way into the summer break with large chiffon shawls (1mx1m).
We are a small and very friendly group in a hall that is big enough for us to move with the apparatus without the chance of meeting someone coming the other way. You can work at your own level and each class is a separate unit of movements that may never be repeated again - in that particular order to that particular piece of music. The class has come to appreciate the aesthetics of the movements and the timing of the music, today one lady said 'I can imagine this being done in a large space by lots of people!'
Some people think you have to be fit to join an exercise class but this Medau class is for anyone and anybody - co-ordination is not required and you can wear whatever you are comfortable in.
There is a full page advert in the local Potters Bar Eye so if you want to add some vibrancy to your week, exercise to music that you know without the heavy bass beat and enjoy moving to music - then give this class a try.
Wishing my Potters Bar friends a very happy summer and I am already looking forwards to seeing you all on Wednesday 12th September.
Today was the last Highlands EXTEND class of the term.
While we will all miss our weekly class, the natter and exercise it is important to have a rest - to do something different so we can return with new enthusiasm, rested bones and new stories to share.
But today there was an added concern. The extreme heat has kept many ladies away and while we all enjoy the sunshine it is simply too hot to exercise the way we want to so the summer break could be seen as a blessing in disguise.
With fond farewells we said good bye, wishing each other sunny days and cooler evenings and looking forward to seeing each other again on Tuesday 11th September.
The Monday EXTEND class remembered a dear class member this afternoon as we raised funds in her memory for the local Parkinson's Society group. It was a packed hall with several people from her FLexercise class who wanted to remember their friend.
Sometimes people try to find a class for a specific condition to ease specific issues but as class members will tell you, the most important thing is to move every joint, in every which way and encourage whole body movement so you feel stretched and worked without feeling exhausted. It does not just keep the doctor happy, but it keeps your joints (big and small) happy as well!
Over the years, as an EXTEND teacher and Course Director, I have arranged talks for teachers (CPD days) on numerous subjects from exercising after a cancer diagnosis to stroke, joint replacements and breathing issues. Without exception, every speaker has praised us as teachers as we adapt the class to those in front of us so that no one feels as if they are a special circumstance. The music is really important as it brings everyone together. There have been many times when we all wish we could bottle the atmosphere as everyone is singing and smiling but it is impossible to write a lesson plan to create a positive, vibrant and friendly atmosphere as it something that happens because the music, exercises and the people come together as friends enjoying a social class.
So, while many will say that their EXTEND class is good for their aching joints, their balance and mobility, they all agree that it does wonders for their social life.
This was the last Monday class of term, but if you want to exercise your bodies, brains and singing voices, then pop Monday 17th September in your diaries!
Wishing you a sunny and happy summer break and if you want to try a class then just email me on
Exercise With Tracy
EXTEND Exercise and Medau Movement teacher. Keeping the muscles working, the joints mobile and having fun!