Guess what I did on Saturday? I went to my 2nd class; trampolining.
Unfortunately I’d booked into the wrong class, so all the others were kids who gave me strange looks!
But the main problem was that you’ll be surprised to know, Dear Readers in Other Countries, we’re not allowed to take photos of children in this country.
Parents can’t even photograph their own children at school sports days, or playing with other toddlers in Soft Play Centres.
So I had to be very careful where I pointed the camera, and Kate had to clear the children out of the way while she took my photo on the trampoline.
There were two large trampolines edge to edge in the main hall.
Kate Newman, aged 40, was in charge.
Like a lot of fit people who go to the gym, she looks younger than her age.
She’s been at the gym for eight years, and she’s one of three Duty Managers.
Taking a tumble
Like everyone at Freedom Leisure, she has a load of qualifications, including Level 3 Personal Trainer, Trampoline Coach, (which took an intensive week’s course,) Spinning, (no, this is not spinning with wool! It’s working on exercise bikes,) Lifeguard, and she’s also qualified in Management and 1st Aid.
The children start on the trampoline from age 4 or 5, and they enter a lot of local competitions.
I was surprised at the talent of some of the children. They could perform somersaults, back somersaults, back drops, half twists, and much more.
The more advanced pupils were as elegant as ballet dancers, and bounced very high.
Kate sometimes pushed a soft mat into place when somersaults or falls were performed, to soften their landings.
And then it was my turn.
For a start, I couldn’t even climb on it without Kate’s help as it was so high!
When I started bouncing it was a weird sensation and I didn’t like it. Then I realised that the mesh was creating an optical illusion as Ijumped up and down, so I kept my head up and it was much better then.
I was beginning to enjoy it and the kids found it amusing, but it really was hard work.
I’m sure it’s a very good way to exercise and lose weight, but I’m afraid it’s not for me! Iwas actually shaking with exertion when I got off it, which was after just a few minutes.
What shall I try next?
I quite fancy the Tai Quan Do classes.
Watch this space!
LYN FUNNELL CV (well, sort of!)
Lyn had very successful careers as an Air Hostess, Sales Rep, (she was one of only a couple of women. She beat all the men regularly, becoming the Top Rep in the UK, and 2nd in the world.) And then Catering took over. She did everything from the washing-up, to Silver Service Waitress, and Chef.
A few times, she had to cook the meal, dash round the other side and Silver Serve it!
In between all this, she wrote as often as she could, building up a reputation as a published short story writer, (Horror and a twist in the tale,) and a Poet.
She has appeared as a Performing Poet, and a Demo Chef.
Then she discovered the world of the Food & Travel Writer. And that’s what she has continued doing to this day.
Her main hobbies are Cookery and entering Competitions. She has won many prizes, including holidays and a moped.
She enjoys entering Competitions, submitting her original recipes. She was first in many Competitions, including the Good Housekeeping Millenium Menu, Fruits of France, Bernard Matthews Turkey Recipe, and appeared on BBC’s The One Show Spag Bol contest. She was one of three Finalists, coming 2nd, which makes her Britain’s Spag Bol Queen!
Now she runs B-C-ing-U! and loves it!
After several years of being messed around by Editors, and having loads of contacts, Lyn formed her own online Magazine, vowing to treat her writers fairly, and to do everything possible to further their careers, publicise their books, etc.
She now has a band of excellent regular writers, and the Magazine’s going from strength to strength!
Lyn’s online published books;
A collection of my published poems.
The First Book of Short Stories
The Second Book of Short Stories
The Third Book of Short Stories.
Many of these stories have been previously published.
St Anthony of Padua.
The Patron St of the Old.
A story of one woman’s terrible ordeal in a Home, and her family’s rescue of her.
The Girl Who Watched.
A Cuban girl is attacked by an English journalist & what follows!
Willy the Whizz & the Wormhole.
Suitable for Young Adults, aged 15-95!
Get Out Of Debt And Stay Out – Forever!
Unsympathetic, hard-hitting, realistic solutions to your problems.
All these books are published by Andrews UK Ltd
No, I didn’t pay them to Vanity Publish!
They’re all available from Amazon, and many other online publishers.