Top TIps

Hey everyone!

I’ve worked in the Dance and Fitness Industry for over 20 years, I’ve taught thousands of people (men and women) over that period of time and there have been situations that have arisen that instil fear in a lot of instructors!

It’s usually something that may be perceived as somewhat ‘delicate’ and could be potentially embarrassing for both parties. This generally means that, more often than not, the situation is never addressed!

My comments may seem somewhat ambiguous, read on and you will see what I am talking about!

Instructors – Here are some tips for you to share with your students (I’m sure you will have come across at least one of these), if you are currently experiencing one of these, maybe sharing this Blog Post will help you avoid dealing with the situation directly!

Students – I really hope you find this information useful and it prevents any pain/potential embarrassment!


Predominantly a tip for the ladies, I cannot stress enough how important a GOOD SPORTS BRA is!

I’ve taught several classes where there are lots of high impact exercises or intense dance routines, I’ve looked out at my students to see a fair few ladies looking like they are about to knock themselves out!

You can do serious damage to your breasts if you don’t protect them, here’s a quote from Febin Melepura, a pain specialist from New York:

“The breast is held together by fatty tissue and Cooper’s ligaments, and with the stress of movement, it does stretch out, and it doesn’t go back,” he said.

“It can cause the breasts to sag and cause injury to the connective tissue of breast and cause pain.”

SO LADIES, PLEASE, strap those puppies down!


When you hear the word Thrush, you usually think of a) a songbird or b) YUK!

Thrush has absolutely nothing to do with being dirty, it’s a yeast infection and if you have ever experienced it, you will know that it is not very pleasant!

There are ways of preventing you getting it and one vital way is to ensure that the clothing you are wearing when you exercise isn’t too tight, e.g. Leggings and the underwear you have on underneath.

Here’s a link to some more information:


Oh man, I wish someone had told me about this when I first got into Fitness!

I just need to point out that Chaffing affects people of ALL SHAPES AND SIZES so please don’t be judgmental!

I suffer under my arms sometimes when I go running or if I get really sweaty and I’ve still got another half an hour of a manic Clubbercise class to teach!

In times like these, Vaseline is your best friend baby! It’s nothing to be embarrassed about, you just need to know how to deal with it!

Here’s a great article from Web MD all about Chafing:

Definitely check it out and don’t let chafing ruin your workout!


This is probably the hardest situation you will ever have to deal with as an Instructor, most Instructors avoid discussing it for fear of insulting the other person!

Yes, I’m talking about PERSONAL HYGIENE!

Now, it isn’t as straight forward as someone just needing to have a wash, it’s a delicate situation that needs to be treated as such!

Some people truly do not realise that there is a problem, others may have some kind of issue that needs to be dealt with and some people may just need to have a wash!

Whatever the reason, there are ways that it can be dealt with!

  • Make sure that you shower/bath straight after working out
  • Do not wear the same workout clothes more than once
  • Use deodorant before class
  • Brush your teeth before class (I love garlic & fish so I definitely have to do this for the sake of my students!)

Personally, if it was me, I would want someone to tell me that there was an issue – I have a couple of good people on my team that absolutely would tell me!

If you really feel like you can’t say anything (this is more for the instructors), you can do what we do and create a ‘Freshen up Box’ for your registration desk!

Our box has chewing gum, hand sanitizer and deodorant in it and everyone knows that they are more than welcome to use it! It may seem a little extreme but I am certain it has saved a fair bit of embarrassment over the years!


My main client base is mostly women and as you get older, especially if you:

  1. a) Have had children (man they mess up your body) or
  2. b) Never bothered practising those Kegel exercises (they ain’t just for mommy’s!)

You may find that certain exercises make you want to go for a wee and fast! Sneezing, coughing, laughing and farting (yes I dropped the F word) can also cause this, it’s not exclusive to exercise!

Weakened Pelvic Floor muscles can be strengthened by practising certain exercises, here’s a great link explaining exactly what you need to do:

I diligently practise mine, have done for years and I am glad that I did as I carried two very big babies who loved to bounce up and down on my bladder prior to getting here and they love to bounce/climb all over my back now!

Finally, if you do feel that this is an issue that you need help with, it’s always worth talking to your doctor to discuss your options!

I hope you found this Blog Post useful, please share it if you did and leave a comment below!