Growing up, I always heard about Jazzercise. I had a preconceived idea that Jazzercise was an 80’s workout routine geared towards women to dance and use a lot of “Jazz Hands.” I had a dear friend tell me about the special they were offering for the month of May, and I knew I had to jump on it! I actually didn’t know that the workout still existed. Come to find out, there are a lot all over the states. There are more than 30 in the DFW metroplex alone! Each location has its own franchise owner. I took my classes at the Grapevine location held at the Grapevine Rec Center. (Quite convenient for me as I live in the area.)
As you can see in the above picture, the classes are pretty packed with women ready to dance and sculpt! Jazzercise inc. offers a variety of classes from Dance Mixx, Interval, Fusion, to Sculpt, and many more. I was only able to take the Dance Mixx class, but would have liked to try out the other ones as well. All of their classes offer a portion of mixed cardio and toning. Some have more dance cardio, while others have more toning and strength training workouts. Each class is taught by a certified instructor who leads the class with a specific routine for each song. During the warmup, the music is slower and progresses as class continues. Towards the end of class, everyone grabs hand weights, and sometimes a mat for the toning portion of class. This part can be anywhere from 15-30 minutes. This was a surprise for me as I was expecting to dance the entire time. Once I left the class, I felt like I had a great workout that focused on my entire body.
As you workout, the instructors stand on a small stage to make it easier for the class to follow along. Every instructor I had was very kind, fun, helpful, and constantly made cheesy jokes. The jokes helped make the class more fun. Now, the music in my opinion could have been a little better. There were some current upbeat songs, but there were some that slowed down the class. Music is everything in a workout, so for me, I would want that to change. It appeared as though most of the women enjoyed every aspect of the music. The classes I took were typically filled with older women who were probably around at the original peak of Jazzercise. I loved working out with them. They were very positive, and it was great being the youngest one! They even asked me about some meanings for different lyrics in a few songs. I was happy to help. 🙂 Now don’t get me wrong, just because I didn’t like some of the music, doesn’t mean I didn’t like the class. The dance moves were not too difficult, so anybody at any level could easily enjoy it and follow along. I felt that it overall was a good workout. I wouldn’t choose it personally for me everyday, but for someone who is wanting good community of older women who are supportive and able to have good cardio, Jazzercise is a great place to start. I would recommend it.
Information to know!
- There are multiple locations owned by different franchises
- $46 monthly fee for 12 months-$20 signup fee, $56 monthly fee for 6 months-$30 signup fee
- $15 drop in fee
- Some have their own facility, while others use “host” gyms
- It’s not an 80’s dance class
-Full body workout
-A class where anyone can take- from someone super fit to someone starting from scratch
-Focus on community
-Variety of class styles offered (dance mixx, fusion, flip fusion, sculpt, interval, core, strike, etc.)
-Not very intense
-Music selection (personal opinion)
-Limited class offerings (depending on location)
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