New participants at Amanda and Alison Graham’s zumba classes must do a double-take.
The 22-year-old twins teach all their fitness classes together – and they say it means double the energy and double the fun.
The South Shore pair have always taught the classes side-by-side since training as instructors three years ago and are pretty much inseparable.
They even worked together previously as nursery nurses and of course, attended the same schools – Waterloo Primary and Highfield High.
They used to wear matching outfits in their younger years, although these days they prefer to share clothing and raid each other’s wardrobes. They are identical and admit people do sometimes find it hard to tell which is which.
They are known as Alimanda Zumba – a combination of their first names.
Alison said: “We used to go to zumba lessons and we loved it, and one day the instructor asked us if we had ever danced.
“We’d never had lessons, but we always enjoyed making up our own dances when we were younger.
“We felt so inspired, we decided to train as instructors ourselves and make it our career.
“We teach all our classes together – and the members love it!
“We say they get double the fun and double the fitness. It’s like two for the price of one.
“I think it gives us more confidence when we teach together – we really are best friends.
“We’ve always got on well and been very close right through childhood.
“We do most things together and we have very similar personalities – we are both bubbly and we like the same things.”
Amanda said: “It works well when we teach together, because we have that chemistry and we’re so similar.
“We really love helping other people get fit. And zumba is so much fun, you don’t realise how much of a workout you’re doing.”
The pair are now planning a big charity zumbathon, to take place on July 11, 2pm until 4pm.
The event, at St Christopher’s Church, Hawes Side Road, Marton, is open to all, but the sisters would particularly like to see sets of local twins joining in the fun.
Amanda said: “The event is open to everyone, but we would like to put out a call to twins across the Fylde coast as we would love to have a class with as many sets of twins as possible taking part.
“We are raising money for Alzheimer’s as our nanna has the condition.
“It’s a really good cause and will be a fun class, so we hope lots of people will come along.”
To find out more, call the sisters on 07950699347.
Their classes take place: Mondays, Lindale Methodist Church 7.30pm; Wednesdays, St Christopher’s Church 8pm; Thursdays, Bannatynes Gym 1pm and Highfield Humanities College 7pm and Saturdays, 10am. And Kids Zumba classes at Waterloo Primary School, and Saturdays 1pm, Holy Trinity Church.