He spent 10 years helping celebrity skaters shape up and slim down while competing on Dancing On Ice.
Now Blackpool’s Dan Whiston hopes to get people off their sofas to dance on carpet as he releases his own fitness DVD.
Off the ice, Dan is a trained fitness instructor and has used his combined skills to create workout DVD Dance Fit, with routines based on salsa, Bollywood and disco ‘all effectively targeting bums, tums and thighs, blasting the fat while shaping, toning and strengthening.’
Ahead of the DVD’s launch this week, Dan met fans at the Houndshill Shopping Centre, signing covers and posing for pictures.
“The response has been brilliant, we were expecting to do half an hour and were here an hour,” he said.
“I feel like I’ve utilised my Dancing On Ice skills and helping my partners on that to lose weight, and put it into the DVD.
“Researching the DVD, I looked at others to find what’s wrong with them, and to be blunt some are really boring.”
With the three dance styles included, people can mix and match routines to shape their workout, and fans of Dan’s work on Dancing On Ice - which included guiding fellow Blackpool star Hayley Tamaddon, actress Gaynor Faye and Olympic gymnast Beth Tweddle all to victory - will recognise steps from the show.
He’s also used the knowledge he’s picked up in teaching Zumba classes across the Fylde, and has tested the routines out on his ‘Zumba ladies’ as well as family and friends.
“Losing weight was always an added bonus for the ladies on Dancing On Ice,” Dan said. “They did their work on the ice, but I would also go to the gym with them or their house and work on their fitness.
“I moved in with Linda Lusardi and was doing workouts with her, and she always said I should do a DVD.
“Gaynor Faye and others have asked me for a copy as they want to get back into it.”
Other guinea pigs for Dance Fit have been the cast of Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs, in which Dan’s making his Blackpool pantomime debut in at the Grand Theatre.
“It has been brilliant,” he said. “I’ve wanted to do panto and been asked for years but couldn’t do it because of Dancing On Ice.
“To do it now in my home town has been brilliant, and with such a lovely response.”
And where Dan’s used to being the one doing the teaching, thanks to his Dancing On Ice professional role, the skate’s been on the other foot in Pantoland.
“The chance to work with panto veterans like Su Pollard and Steve Royle is lovely too,” he said. “Normally, it’s the celebrity I work with who’s learning something new, but with this it’s been me doing the learning.
“Su’s even bought a copy of the DVD, Steve too, and it’s lovely to have their support.”