I have been doing jazz in Lincoln, Nebraska off and on for about 15 years. For me the movement and all that sweat just makes me happy. Not to mention I've developed so many friends through jazz. People of all ages go to class, from 16 to 60+. You can adapt the moves to whatever works for your body. If you want low impact, that's always an option. If some move is awkward for you, just march in place and enjoy the music and those around you. A basic jazz class is about 5 minutes warm up, 35 minutes high intensity aerobics, about 15 minutes of weights & resistance tube work, and about 5 minutes cool down. There are also classes just for step aerobics, body sculpting (using resistance tubes and weights), express (a shorter, 30-minute class) and other variations on the basic, 60 minute class. And of course, combining it with a program like sparkpeople, you've got a winning combo for weight loss!
I was annoyed that jazzercise wasn't specifically listed on the cardio options (although high impact aerobics is pretty much the same thing). I looked on google to see if there was a chart to see how many calories I would burn while at jazz, and I came across this on self's web site.
You just plug in your weight, how many minutes you did jazz, and you've got your answer! It may not be exact, but it's a good place to start.
I'd encourage anyone to try it. You can usually get one class for free if you ask. Sure, it's been around awhile, but it's contantly evolving and getting better.
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