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Lisa Cuerden

Lisa has been working in the fitness industry for just over 11 years.

Her love of fitness and well being has taken her to a high level within the industry, she has her own business based in Oxford called ‘Life Changing Fitness’ offering Personal training and Sports Massage, she runs a very successful Online Fat Loss program and teaches a wide variety of fitness classes.

Lisa also works as an Educator and is a well known Fitness Presenter teaching at many fitness rolex replica watches events across the UK.

Lisa has taught fitness based yoga for 7 years and has practiced hot yoga for 5+ years, in August 2014 she made the decision to explore the spiritual side of yoga more deeply and went to Los Angeles to complete her Ashtanga and Vinyasa Instructor Training, following on from that she recently went to Bali to delve even deeper into the subtle body completing her 500 hour yoga training with ‘Feeling Soul Good The Alchemy of Yoga and Sound’.

Lisa said: “My recent experiences both in LA and Bali have taken me on a transformational journey to being at peace with my mind and my body, I am physically and mentally a different person, Yoga truly has changed my life for the better and I am loving this journey”.

Joanne Cooper

International presenter and fitness model Jo began her fitness career in 2009.

Jo first trained as a gym instructor but came into her own when she did her ETM and became a group fitness instructor. Jo was given an incredible opportunity teaching at a huge fitness event and now presents various programs regularly at several fitness conventions throughout the year.

Based in Crawley, West Sussex Jo teaches fun fitness community classes. Her charisma and teaching style is one of a kind and she has presented to classes of up to 3000 at one time.

 

JO’S CREDITS INCLUDE:

Two front covers for the Fitnorama magazine. Cover for the Less Bounce catalogue.

Presented her 80’s power class live on the BBC for Comic Reliefs first ever Danceathon at Wembley arena March 2015.

Performed 26 data capture routines for the Xbox game Zumba® Fitness World Party released Dec 2013.

Appeared in the feature film ‘Cuban Fury’ As a Latin aerobics teacher 2014.

Dance fitness has been featured on ITV’s Daybreak, Channel fours Sunday Brunch and Channel five Big Brother.

Alongside her presenting work which she loves Jo also works as an educational specialist for Booiaka®.

Richard Callender

Richard is one of life’s great people and is a fitness legend with over 18 years experience. He is also Chico’s mentor on all things Block Fit and fitness.

He is recognised as a Fitness expert, group fitness presenter, writer and television personality in the UK and internationally. His life long dedication to fitness has seen him soar to dizzy heights of success, and with his dedication and second to none personality. Richard has risen from personal trainer to regional management to studio director and Reebok ambassador.

Richard is the creator of “Armageddon Fitness” and “Urban Funk” He is most recognised as the inspirational trainer on the hit show “The biggest loser”.

Richard is also the “GO TO” fitness GURU featuring in numerous TV programs including “GMTV” and “This Morning” He is also the man behind some of the biggest selling fitness DVD’s in history.

HIS DVD’s INCLUDE:

  • Working out with Jordan 2005.
  • The NO1 selling “WOW” DVD with Vicky Entwistle (Coronation Street), which sold in access of 225,000 copies.
  • Dancing On Ice 2008.
  • 3 Biggest loser DVDs’
  • The current No1 selling fitness DVD with charlotte Crosby’s 3-minute belly blitz which beat Frozen to the top spot.

Richard is a phenomenon, and whatever he touches turns to gold, that’s why we are honoured and proud to have him mentoring the Block Fit brand.

Chrissy Harper

Chris is a personal trainer, international fitness presenter and a master trainer originally from Oxford.

After suffering from a bad knee injury that ended his football career, he turned to personal training an rehabilitation, helping others over come their injuries. Specialising in anterior cruciate and meniscus rehabilitation, Chrissy has helped numerous people get back to full fitness.

Working with a range of people from pop stars, young GB skiers to premiership footballers, as well as training people on a day-to-day basis for general fitness goals and motivation. Chris was given the chance to present at a UK fitness convention, and is now presenting at several conventions around the rolex replica UK and Europe.

Group exercise has played a big part in his life, and over the past five to six years, Chrissy has been teaching it to a variety of classes from dance to studio cycling to kettle-bells. His passion is martial arts, which he’s practiced since He was young. This passion has led him to present a martial arts based concept internationally, which he is very proud of.

Chris has appeared and presented in many international and national fitness conventions including the first ever Danceathon at Wembley and the world record breaking boxing event with Fight Klub.

Chico Slimmani

CHICO WAS BORN YOUSSEPH SLIMMANI IN BRIDGEND, WALES, AND RETURNED TO HIS FATHER’S NATIVE MOROCCO AT THE AGE OF TWO WHERE HE WAS BROUGHT UP ON HIS GRANDPAPRENTS’ FARM AS A GOAT HERDER

He returned to the UK at the age of 13 and came to prominence when He appeared on the 2005 X Factor and knocked Madonna off the top spot in the UK chart with his infectious No1 single “It’s Chico Time”.

Chico turned his hands to acting where He co-stars with his brother JC Mac. The pair also wrote, produced and starred in the short film Winner Takes All that received a BAFTA nomination and was in the official selection of over 40 film festivals worldwide.

Chico ventured into the fitness industry in 2014 where He qualified as a YMCA ETM (Exercise To Music) instructor and is now the proud owner of “Block Fit” which He hopes to make a global brand.

Chico is a born entertainer, who embodies the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude) philosophy, and whether He is on stage singing, acting, ice-skating or fitness presenting, you know that once he is on stage he will give you 100% of whatever He’s GOT.

HIS ACHIEVEMENTS SO FAR:

1. Founder of the charity: www.rainbowchildfoundation.co.uk the charity helped 25000 children around the world in 8 years.

2. Founder of Block Fit.

3. Writing, producing & starring in a BAFTA nominated short film “Winner takes all”.

4. Playing the lead role in seven HIT Pantos in the UK including Aladdin, prince charming in snow white, and Jack in Jack and the beanstalk.

5. Toured with the hit show “Boogie nights” with the legendary Osmonds.

6. Reached the final of Dancing On Ice in 2012.

7. Produced the ice-skating UK extravaganza tour with the Russian all stars “Celebrities on ICE”.

8. Finalist on the TV show “Celeb air”.

9. Appeared on countless TV shows from GMTV to This morning, top of the pops, Loose Women, never mind the Buzz-cocks, celebrity Juice, Big brother, celebrity total wipe out but to name a few.

Block Fit: Chico’s Block Fit At Pontins

48 hour Fitness Presents: Chico’s Block Fit Party!

 

Chico, the man who brought the fun factor to the X Factor-together with his dream team bring you this incomparable fitness event.

 

What Time is it? It’s Chico’s Block Fit Party Time!

 

50+ Classes over 48 hours! Including:

 

Aqua float, Aerolatino, Aqua salsa, Block HIIT, Body Combat, Bolly-dance, Booiaka, Boot Camp, Bounce, Box HIIT, Burn N Bass, Box N Bass, Buti Yoga, Chi-combat, Chicomba, Chico Motivation, Clubbercise, Divanomics, FIGHT KLUB ®, Flow Yoga, FunkFIT, Jekago, Just Dance, Legs bums & Tums, LST (Life style transformation), MJ Live (Michael Jackson dances) , Meditation, Nutrition, Pound, Pulseroll, Massaoke, Queen B (Beyonce Songs), Ragga-ton, Sliding Pilates, Street dance, Strutology, Thai Chi, Trigger point Pilates, Twerk It, Witness to Fitness, Vibe Cycle, Vibe Step, Warriors, Zumba, Strong by Zumba

 

Looking for charismatic instructors to join the Block Fit family

BLOCK FIT HAS SEEN A METEORIC RISE WITHIN IN THE FITNESS INDUSTRY. TRAINING 333 NEW INSTRUCTORS IN AS LITTLE AS SIX MONTHS AND HAS GONE NATIONAL WITH 67 BANNATYNE GYMS ACROSS THE UK. IT’S NEVER BEEN A BETTER TIME TO BECOME A BLOCK FIT INSTRUCTOR!

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Hi you beautiful people.

It has never been a better time to join the Block Fit family. So if you are passionate, vibrant, charismatic, and want to embark on this incredible journey inspiring, helping, and uplifting people then please don’t hesitate to contact me by filling out your details, and I will get in touch with you personally.

I look forward to hearing from you. See our new training dates.

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Dream it, Believe it, Work for it, Achieve it …

Love & light

Chico x

They made history and now you can join the Block Fit family

AFTER THE AMAZING RESPONSE WE HAD AT RIBBY HALL ON THE 12TH NOVEMBER 2015 – BLOCK FIT GOES NATIONWIDE.

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Our historical 1st ever Block Fit instructor’s training day was more then we imagined, not only an amazing turn out by amazing new instructors but the energy behind it was termed as one of the best training programs ever offered. We are now proud to add an extra 8 dates in the new year with many more to be confirmed.

If you are a Fit Pro and want to join the Block Fit family then please SUBSCRIBE now, and pay your license fee.

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Come and join the new fitness revolution, and see what all the hype is all about. Believe the hype!

Block Fit: The beginning

CHICO’S PHILOSOPHY IS HOW TO GET FROM A TO B IN THE SHORTEST AMOUNT OF TIME WITH THE MOST IMPACT. HE ALSO BELIEVES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROAD APPROACH, SO AFTER MUCH RESEARCH HE PICKED 4 DISCIPLINES THAT HAVE BEEN HERE SINCE TIME IMMEMORIAL; DANCE, COMBAT, HIIT AND YOGA INSPIRED MOVES AND MEDITATION.

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With Dance mankind kind have always danced and will continue to do so, and with Combat people fought back then and still do now, accept Block Fit is as Bruce Lee said it is “The art of fighting without fighting which brings us to the HIIT Block. This correlates way back rolex replica with the hunter gatherer days with short burst of energy to make a kill or run from being killed, and of course last but not least the Yoga and meditation. This is the essential part of it all. because no matter how rich successful, famous or powerful a person is, they will get to the a stage and age in their life where they ask that old age question, who am I? Why am I here, what’s my real purpose in life, and this is where the Yoga inspired moves and meditation comes into play. Chico calls it the glue or the cement that glues everything together, Mind body soul.

So Block Fit was born, a revolutionary one of a kind fitness brand. it is 4 workouts 1 class, performed to easy to follow blocks of choreography to original music sung by Chico himself and you get to burn between 650 and a 1000 calories, as a matter of fact this was smashed by Maxine Boulton in Norwich Bannatyne on May 14th 2016 to a staggering 1128 calories. (Please see video testimonials of our youtube channel)

Block Fit is the middle path of the fitness industry. you can go as easy as you like or as hard as you like, but the beauty of it all, is the exercises are modified to beginner, intermediate, and advanced in the same class, so you have all different abilities standing side by side, and everyone gets their Block Fit workout and what makes it even more special and a stand out alone brand, is you never get bored because the blocks are between 12 and 15 minutes long so if you didn’t like one block you haven’t got long to wait before the next block arrives. And the most surprising thing we found amongst the participants and instructors alike, is once they step outside the box, Their fear turns into elation because not only do they enjoy what they feared most but Block Fit would have introduced them to a discipline that they would never ever dreamed of doing but has now become their favourite.

Chico said: Block Fit is a workout with a heart. if it’s not universal we don’t teach it, and if it’s not universal we don’t preach it. The music business fed my ego, the fitness industry feeds my soul. I am seeing so many transformations now. When you get an instructor or a participant walking through the door looking like a closed book and by the time they walk out of the door they would have blossomed into the most gorgeous flower beaming with pride at achieving something that they never thought was possible makes every second, and a minute of blood sweat and cheers worth while. I am so happy to be sharing Block Fit with like minded people, and dare I dream, the world one day. Thank you for sharing my dream, and thank you to everybody who’s been instrumental in helping me turn my dream into a reality.

Love and light to one and all.

WARNING!
Block Fit will seriously change your life!
So don’t beat around the block! Join it

A BIG THANK YOU!

NOTHING GREAT HAS EVER BEEN ACHIEVED EASY, UNLESS YOU WIN THE LOTTERY. AND EVEN THEN, UNLESS YOU ARE GROUNDED AND YOU HAVE YOUR FEET FIRMLY ON THE GROUND IT COULD BECOME YOUR WORSE NIGHTMARE …

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Thank you to my dearest friend Mr. Robin Tucker for editing, and basically being there through thick and thin with absolute unconditional love. THANK YOU.

I extend this to one of my closest friends the amazing Darren Paul for his incredible photography and Las for his videography. THANK YOU. I owe you a great debt of gratitude, and also to Anupjyoti Das for designing this website.

I would like to give a massive thank you to my soul brothers, the genius Mr Roachie, and Danny kirsch for their musical brilliance. you are simply amazing, and last but not least my beloved wife, and children who have to put up with me being absent even when present while trying to get Block Fit off the ground.

Another massive thank you to my wonderful team, who are not only the best at what they do but are genuinely one life’s great people. It’s an honour knowing you: Mr Richard Callender, Joanna Cooper, Chrissy Harper, Lisa Cuerden.

Ok now that;s done let me just start by saying

Nothing great has ever been achieved easy unless you win the lottery, and even then. unless you are grounded, and you have your feet firmly on the ground it could become your worse nightmare.

Trust me I know. because I know the first UK euro lotto winner, and he tells me a whole different story.

Yes money can give you choices but it brings a whole heap of problems if you don’t know who you truly are, and more to the point if you dont know who your real friends are, but that’s another story.

Anyway the moral of the story is Block Fit has been built on cheer PMA, hard word, dedication, persistence, and patience.

I call it the three Ps:

1 – Patience
2 – Persistence
3 – Perseverance

And when you make it add another P:

4 – Pay the taxman

So here we are, a life long dream, and complete passion for making a difference is the reason – Block Fit was BORN.

So after a successful launch at the IFS International Fitness Showcase in Blackpool with the amazing Richard Callender, Jo Cooper, Lisa Cuerden, and Chrissy Harper, the response Block Fit received was nothing short of amazing.

So to see one of my dreams become a reality was one of the best and proudest moments of my life, not to mention that half an hour before I came on stage, my 8 year old girl Lalla-Khira won the gold, and silver at the national Teakwondo championship which I had to sacrifice being at to be at the IFS for the launch of Block Fit.

What is crazy about this story is that the place she competed in was where I first met the legend that is Mr. Richard Callender a few months before by complete chance or was it? I guess the universe was working in perfect synchronicity? Is it DESTINY? As I’m a great believer in that.

There’s no reason behind a reason, we just have to find the reason behind the reason, because what is written for you will not pass you, and what has passed you wasn’t written for you.

I was originally there to see the amazing Rachel Holmes, so after our brief introduction she had to leave so I walked into to the other room, and I heard a friendly voice say! Is it that tiiiiime? so I replied. It’s Chico Tiiiiime!!!

We laughed, hugged, and took a picture. He introduced me to the wonderful Lydia Hannan who told me about her incredible husband Ceri hannan, and all things IFS (International Fitness Showcase) in Blackpool.

We had a coffee, she asked about all things X Factor, and how they loved my experience on there. I told her all about my new fitness venture then she asked me if I would like to present a master class at the IFS in March. Bare in mind Block Fit was just an idea called CHICOMBA so I remembered a Richard Branson quote where He said:

If you are offered a great opportunity, and you don’t know how to do it just say YES! And learn how to do it after.

So naturally I said YES count me in, and as they say the rest is HISTORY!

I drove to a gig that night smiling like a Cheshire cat, so upon my return I contacted Richard who just happens to live 20 minutes away, and after a few meetings with this amazing man, the Block Fit concept was finalized, and now we are here YAY!

THE BEGINNING of what I believe will become one of most inspiring & and successful fitness brands in the world. I truly DO!

My thought has always been that of VISION. I always refer back to a friend of mine, who always says,

Without vision people perish …

I never look at what something is NOW but what that SOMETHING will become, because most people normally fight over the crumbs, and miss the whole cake.

Again this has been the story of my life, whether it’s been fighting with Simon Cowell on the X Factor or knocking Madonna of the top spot or achieving anything that I have ever set my heart on achieving for that matter, because

Everything is a mind over matter, and I don’t mind when it comes to things that matter.

Thank God all my dreams so far have been achieved and I see Block Fit as no different. I honestly believe this is just the beginning.

I mean no one believed Zumba would become what it is now when BETO forgot his music and he rushed to his car to bring 10 different tapes and give a master class. Not even he believed what Zumba will become but now it’s the leading fitness brand in the world, so why can’t Block Fit be something similar???

So the moral of this whole story is. All I have is belief, and with hard work there is nothing that you cannot achieve, because the only person that’s stopping you. is YOU.

So on that note I hope you feel as inspired as I have been, and I sincerely hope that you can join us on this wonderful adventure of health, fitness, self-discovery and unconditional LOVE.

Spread the word … Spread the love X