Evidently, I’m very late to the Jazzercise party. A fellow League member owns the local Jazzercise studio, and I’ve been meaning to go… So when yet another League member posted on our private Facebook group wall that she was going to the 4:30 class, I decided to join her.
Let me give you a Jazzercise primer. You might have noticed there are no photos in this post. That’s intentional; Jazzercise doesn’t do mirrors on the walls the way most “fitness classrooms” do. The main goal is to feel comfortable being active, so I’m pretty sure snapping photos wouldn’t have been appropriate. Also, as I understand it, each location is independently owned, so your experience might be different.
- Wear what you’re comfortable in. I wore the same absolutely no-show (Yogasmoga) cropped leggings I wear for any fitness class and for walks and runs that don’t take me through brambles and brush, but the instructor looked poised for an exercise video, while some other ladies were in tees and pull-on pants.
- Bring water. This isn’t a prance and dance session; no matter your fitness level, you will SWEAT if you’re keeping up – or trying to.
- It’s all very adaptable. If you don’t want to do the floor work, don’t; keep standing. If you can only do low-impact, march instead of skipping or hopping. The instructor will still challenge you to lift those knees and raise those arms!
- If you did grapevines with Jane Fonda, you’ll quickly adjust to the “modern” routines. They aren’t the same, but…
- Walk-ins are welcome, but plan on arriving 5-10 minutes before class to sign in, especially the first time.
I’ll be going back. I know I need to do more cross-training, especially if I intend to run some longer races this year. I can’t really compare it to barre classes, because Jazzercise is as intense of a cardio workout as you want it to be. Barre is more toning, although I do have friends who use it as their lone form of exercise, just as some only do yoga or tai chi.
Have you tried Jazzercise?