A popular fitness craze that is part of the ‘This Girl Can’ Campaign has plans to start offering sessions in Cornwall. The sessions see women perform choreographed routines to rock music.

Members from the RockFit community

RockFit was given funding by Active Devon last month which included them in the Sport England run campaign ‘This Girl Can’ which has the sole purpose to inspire and empower females to exercise.

Hannah Hawkey, founder of RockFit said: “Cornwall has a vibrant music scene and a lot of fitness fans. Couple that with some stunning scenery and amazing outdoor spaces – it has the potential to be something totally different for the county in terms of fitness.

“It’s a huge honour to be associated with the ‘This Girl Can’ campaign and it means we are working together to encourage and motivate women to get into exercise in whatever form that may take, without caring what they look like, how sweaty they get or what people’s preconceptions may be.

“Combining Rock music with dance and fitness IS different. It’s unique and it appeals to a different demographic of fitness fans. You have classes for Latin lovers, dance music fans, and jazz fans but there has been nothing for the alternative music tastes like Rock and Metal.

“If you’re more ACDC than Adele and would pick Rammstein over Rihanna then we’re for you!”

She told how she receives requests to bring RockFit to Cornwall a lot and “this is why we are looking to get some RockFit classes up and ready to go. The demand from Cornwall is increasing weekly as more people hear about us”, currently the sessions are only held in Plymouth, but see people travelling from Truro, Penzance, Liskeard and St Austell.

Hannah Hawkey- Founder of RockFit

There are plans for RockFit to hold taster sessions across Cornwall this summer. “How amazing would it be to rock out in the middle of Newquay beach? Or Looe Festival?

“I’m looking for spaces at present, anyone can come and try it and anyone interested in being an instructor could then come to one of our training sessions that are due to start in the summer and continue monthly.

“Once qualified, the instructors can set up classes anywhere they like across Cornwall and we’re ready to rock.”

Members after a session of RockFit

Classes are suitable for all levels of fitness, ages, abilities and genders. Each music track is differentiated to be both low and high impact so you decide what level you want to work at. If you love Rock music you’ll find the class highly addictive and enjoyable.

RockFit was created when Hannah had a conversation with a friend who was reluctant to exercise because she hated the music that was played during fitness classes.

She said: “It was a bit of a light-bulb moment. I’d obtained degrees in dance and a masters in performance and at the time was a secondary school teacher, but was very unhappy in my job. It was a real leap of faith.

“My partner encouraged me to go for it so I quit my job and started choreographing to my favourite Rock music. I approached Hybrid Gym who allowed me to set up a trial class and within the space of 4 months I was running 4 classes a week.”

RockFit found themselves in the spotlight when Hannah won the MoveGB- Best Fitness Instructor 2016, Plymouth Category.

“Like many women in the ad campaign, we’re a bit quirky and we love challenging stereotypes.”

If you are interested in finding out more you can contact Hannah on Twitter at @RockFitPlymouth.