What Jazzercise is not…

I’ve mentioned a few times that I am a Jazzercise-aholic. It fuels my spirit, my muscles, and my mind. After seeing this video posted on the lovely blog of Kirsten Blowers I laughed hysterically, replayed it, then laughed some more.

Then I shared the video on Twitter and Facebook, calling it a hilariously inaccurate portrayal of modern Jazzercise classes. In short it is – I’ve never seen one leotard at my Jazzercise classes or, for that matter, dancing elephants. Today’s Jazzercise classes are addicting, not only because of the results you’ll get, but also because of the music, the choreography, and, of course, the AWESOME instructors. As soon as the music of a new class starts, I smile and start singing along to the tracks. I’m in the zone!

The Music

Jazzercise music today consists of some of the newest tracks from the hottest artists. Think Ne-Yo, Beyonce, Rihanna, KT Tunstall, Ingrid Michaelson, and the cast of Glee! In any given class you could go from country, to jazz, to hip-hop, to rock in the course of an hour. If your iTunes library is as schizophrenic as mine, this means you’ll feel like you’re working out to your own iPod and you won’t tire of one genre every time you go. This also means if you hate a song that’s playing (which I’ve never had happen) in 4 minutes or less a new one will start and chances are it’s a song you love.

The Choreography

Jazzercise consists of both cardio and strength training with a bit of stretching/flexibility mixed in. As an ex-dancer I find the choreography easy to follow and challenging, but don’t let a lack of dance experience deter you. I’ll venture to say the majority of members don’t have a dance background and they are still picking up the choreography as well as I am, sometimes better. The most important part is that you keep moving and have fun.

The Instructors

I’d be lying if I said that the instructors didn’t play a huge part in my Jazzerdiction. They greet me with a smile, make me laugh, keep me motivated, and encourage me when I need it. They take time to teach modifications to routines that still challenge you when needed and share healthy tips without shoving the information down your throat. They visibly LOVE teaching Jazzercise and their energy is infectious.

What are you waiting for? Go try out a Jazzercise class today, I promise you won’t regret it!

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13 comments

  1. Jules · January 26, 2011

    I didn’t even need to watch the video because just the static entry screen made me laugh … and cringe. I still watched it. it was pretty much as bad as I thought.

    However (just a polite but), your jazzercise may never have happened with out the aerobics craz in the 80’s. wait until people look back at what YOU wore in 30 years.

    • Megan · January 26, 2011

      Oh Jules! I just love you 🙂

      Here’s my polite but: Jazzercise was founded long before the aerobics craze of the 80s, in 1969 to be precise. I’ve had many cringe-worthy clothing choices already, what’s a few more in 30 years??

      • Jules · January 26, 2011

        so true. today’s trends are just fashion disasters of tomorrow.

        and still think it wouldn’t have been popular without that whole let’s get physical thing

  2. Paige · January 26, 2011

    Meggie! You Rock 🙂

    • Megan · January 26, 2011

      Thanks Paige-y! You rock too!! 🙂

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  4. Caroline · January 27, 2011

    This is hilarious. I am going to have to steal this video and post on my blog. I am a Jazzercise fanatic.

    • Megan · January 28, 2011

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting Caroline! Glad you enjoyed the video. I noticed, from visiting your blog, that you are not only a fellow Jazzercise fanatic but also an ADPi. Small world! 🙂

      • Cher (JazzerChick · September 7, 2013

        OOooh, my gosh! I see this post is a coupl-a years old – but YaY, so glad to find it! I just started a weightloss journey…well, a Jazzercise Journey to lose weight! I agree about the choreography being easy to follow for a non-dancer. But, being an ex-dancer myself, I find the choreography not only easy to follow, but fun too! I’m going to blog soon about dancing (Jazzercising) at performance level to up the calorie burn. Love your blog!!! Do you still Jazzercise?
        JazzerChick

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