Co-owners of High, Laura Edwards & Danni Evans, have their hearts set on getting Shrewsbury High on natural endorphins by flying, flipping and hanging upside down. Having seen the success of Antigravity Fitness in her gym in Ellesmere, Danni, with Laura, decided to embark upon a new facility. Other classes now on offer are Pole Fitness, Aerial Hoop & Barreflow. The studio is a workshop unit on the Battlefield Rural Enterprise Centre site, Danni & Laura have transformed it into a stylish yet functional facility that will welcome everybody of all ages, gender and ability.
Danni has been a trained fitness professional for the last 25 years. her passion as a youngster was athletics, a very fitness focused sport. This lead to studying Sport and Exercise Science to degree level and eventually training as an adult education lecturer in fitness qualifications. Danni has studied most fitness concepts and is a fully qualified Personal Trainer, Pilates, Exercise to Music, Aqua and Group Indoor Cycling Instructor but has found a passion for AntiGravity Fitness and became a 1 Star Instructor Trainer in early 2014 and now runs qualifications for other fitness professionals to train in the unique concept created by Christopher Harrison. Danni is also trained in AG Suspension Fitness Level 1 & 2, AG Aerial Yoga 1 & 2, Restorative AG Yoga, AG Airbarre and now Antigravity JUST KIDS for 5 – 12yr olds. Having practised Pole Fitness, Danni is now Xpert trained in X-pole and Aerial Hoop. Danni is also a business owner of Kick Start Fat Loss focussing on nutrition for health, well-being and fat loss. Danni has a wealth of experience and knowledge and has a successful business in Ellesmere where she runs a fitness facility called ‘Basecamp’ with husband James. Also mum to 3 kids, 1 dog and trains in weights and Crossfit daily. When they can escape, Danni, James and the kids go walking and climbing. She says ‘busy people get stuff done, so I aim to keep busy all the time’
Laura has been an instructor for several years teaching a variety of different classes, but now focuses on the aerial classes at High. She has completed her Gym Fitness Instructor qualification and is also Exercise To Music qualified. Laura is also fully qualified in Antigravity Fitness Yoga to become a L1 Instructor and is a UK Antigravity JUST KIDS instructors. She has achieved her Xpert training in X-pole and Aerial Hoop. Laura is passionate about group exercise and in helping others on their journeys and achieving their goals and meeting new people too. With a background and training in pre-school teaching Laura can combine her fitness and nutrition knowledge with her qualification to run the Just Kids Antigravity sessions for kids.
Originally trained as a dancer, Annalie discovered Pilates when injured. She has been practising Pilates for over 10 years and a group exercise instructor for 20. After years of mostly teaching for colleges, she is now a freelance instructor and has achieved the AntiGravity Instructor qualification and is now Antigravity Airbarre certified.
Most recently Annalie has formulated Pilates based classes called Pilatesflow and Barreflow which have featured on our timetable but currently is running 4 week flexibility chalenges in splits and bendy backs.
Annalie’s energy and wit will have you squeezing your muscles and improving your core in no time at all whilst having fun at the same time and maybe even sparking a distant memory of dance, ballet and gymnastics from our more youthful days in her Antigravity classes using the Airbarre concept
Lisa is the latest edition to the High family and is leading both our mixed ability Pole group on a Wednesday and running both Aerial Hoop sessions on Thursdays. Lisa is a dedicated Aerialist with advanced skill in Pole and despite only jumping on to a hoop late in 2021 she is very quickly developing the same level of skill in Aerial Hoop. Using her lockdown time effectively, Lisa qualified in both the Xpert L1 & L2 Pole Instruction and the same for the Aerial Hoop. She is currently studying her Xpert L3 & L4 Pole and is keen to move on to the Aerial Yoga using hammocks as well. Lisa is available for personal training sessions too.
Jen, aged 25, is Laura’s daughter and supports teaching, assists with the admin and is a mum to the gorgeous Jensen. She is qualified as an Xpert X-Pole instructor. Having completed her education, Jen helps out when she can and wants to help teenagers get involved in the sport and help to keep girls active once they leave school.