New fitness craze Moky comes to Clitheroe

THE MOKY-COKY: The Moky team go through their paces. (s)
THE MOKY-COKY: The Moky team go through their paces. (s)
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EVER fancied trying moves like ‘the donkey’ or ‘the penguin’? Now people in Clitheroe will be among the first in Lancashire to have the chance, with new fitness craze Moky dancing its way to town.

Having swept across Cumbria, Northumberland and Dumfries, local man Mat Arnold will launch the infectious dance programme Moky Fit at St Mary’s Church Hall, Clitheroe, on Thursday, September 8th, at 8 p.m.

And former civil engineer and salsa teacher Mat, who was born and bred in Longridge, can’t wait to get back to the area.

He said: “It’s great to be returning to my roots and bringing Moky with me. I know it’s exactly what the area needs and I’m sure it will be a huge hit - it’s all about making exercise accessible to anyone, and there’s no pressure to look a certain way.”

Mat founded Moky with wife and business partner Shameem in 2009. Described as ‘the feel good fitness workout that gets you hooked’, Moky uses the biggest chart songs with dance routines choreographed in-house. Participants can burn up to a 1,000 calories in an hour’s session, but as well as aiding fitness and weight loss, Mat says the ‘fun factor’ means it is a great way to enjoy exercise in a social setting.

Shameem, who suffered from the debilitating illness ME and depression, adds: “I know I’m not the only one who has turned my life around since starting Moky, we have so many people who tell me how they’re getting over depression and getting out of the house more and feeling like a new person.

“As someone who has suffered with depression in the past it means so much to me that I now can provide exercise sessions which lift peoples spirits and give them something to look forward to every week.

“It’s an hour where you can escape all your stresses and troubles and just let go and have a good time.”

Mat adds: “Moky can be suitable for everyone. Our classes attract people from 13 to 84 and you don’t need to be able to dance or be fit. If you follow the steps – great! If you don’t and do your own version – even better!”

• For information, visit the Moky website at or join the Facebook fan page at