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    I have never been to a Jazzercise class because there are none available near where I live, but I have purchased 2 Jazzercise DVDs. They're OK, but I strained my back doing one of them. There are no modifications shown on the DVDs for those with back or knee problems. I modified the movements myself, but it wasn't enough.

    I get a better workout from lower impact aerobic videos. To me, they are just as good as Jazzercise.
    My SIL has done Jazzercise forever and my friend joined Jazzercise a month or two ago and really likes it. My local one has free classes on the weekends for the month of March, so I'm gonna go try it out!
  • I love Jazzercise! I joined my local Jazzercise center almost a year ago. I have been going just about every day. I have lost 40 pounds and am in the best shape of my life.
  • MAIRE77
    I first started doing Jazzercise when I was a teenager, and did it off and since then. I have been doing for the last few years, and it really is a well-balanced workout. The workout is very adjustable to your individual needs. I have a bad back, and the modifications help me to still work out and protect my back. The instructor can show you how to adjust your movements to protect vulnerable areas. What I really like is that I don't have to think about which areas I am working, Jazzercise works it all. The music is very current with the occasional remake or oldie thrown in to make it interesting. The people are very supportive and nice, and I have made a lot of friends there. Also, you can become a class manager or childcare worker and receive a healthy discount. Each Jazzercise center is individually owned and operated, so the details of the discount vary from place to place.
  • CHRIS1062
    I've been doing Jazzercise for 30 years - since my oldest was born. There are many ways to bring exercise and activity to your every day life but I have found Jazzercise to be my favorite. The combination of aerobics, core strength, stretching, and all to current music is what works for me. Instructors are monitored on their techniques which keeps it a quality program. I plan on Jazzercising as long as I am walking!
    I have been a Jazzercise Instructor for 4 years now and attended classes for 2 year previous to becoming an instructor. Obviously, I LOVE IT! Each class can be what you need it to be. There are always low impact moves shown so you can choose to hop & bounce or keep your feet on the ground through the whole class. We work everything in your body, especially the all important CORE muscles. My butt still hurts after every class. Judy (the owner and CEO) continually creates new moves and is always using the most current music to help everyone feel excited about coming to class. We have every fitness level, every age and every shape in class. The BEST part is you make friends with the other ladies that just like you, are just looking for a great workout without the stresses of a gym. Check out the website to find out more about the company, where you can take classes near you, the latest offers and get a preview of the moves before you attend a class. You don't have to be coordinated to do Jazzercise, you just need to be willing to have fun while you sweat!
  • I've been doing Jazzercise since the mid-90's. I convinced my daughter to go when she was in high school. She was just sure it would be easy. She was pleasantly surprised. She has been an instructor since 2004 and owned her own franchise since 2005. She has added 3 instructors and gone from offering 3 classes a week to 10. I am not the type that can motivate myself to do something on my own and with Jazzercise I can be motivated plus I've made lots of good friends. I took over 150 classes this year and I was gone at least 4 weeks for vacation.
  • The article make Jazzercise sound fun, but I'd have appreciated definitions or brief explanations of the list of terms. It kind of feels like there's a page missing.

    I tried Jazzercise years ago, but it was too high impact then for my knees, even when I was young & much thinner. Maybe now it's more modifiable.
    I love Jazzercise! It's so much fun, and my instructor really pushes us, so I burn 500 - 600 in an hour. I'd do it everyday if I could!
  • Oh my! I bet if I dug around a bit, I still have a few Jazzercise lps that were my Mom's from the 1970's - she used to do them all of the time and I really enjoyed it as a kid - it was oodles of fun. I will have to look around and see if classes are offered in my area.
  • JAY75REY
    I liked Jazzercise and would do again if I didn't have a local gym with fun cardio classes. My gym offers Zumba 3 days a week which is great dance exercise. My gym also offers Balletone once a week (I haven't tried it yet). Dance is fun exercise and I love it!
    I used to do Jazz and I loved it as well. Always used music that was hot at the time, loved the moves and the people. The only reason why I stopped going was that I was paying $32 per month. If you couldnt make a class at a particular time or day, then what? I have since then joined a gym for $40 per month, only $8 more and I can go anytime I want. A lot more options in my optinion. I still do the classes at the gym, which are included in my membership, but I have the option of walking a treadmil, riding a bike, swimming, stair master, lifting weights, ect .....before and after class. If Jazz wasnt so expensive, I'd go back. That's my only drawback
  • How do you track Jazzercise on the Spark fitness tracker. I would think that that would be listed as an activity, but it is not. Maybe I missed it....
    I am a certified Jazzercise instructor and I suggest all of you wondering about it - just try it out. Usually a center will let you try your first class free or you can pay for one class for about $8-12. It works for all fitness levels - it is all about what each individual can do and the intensity level that each individual wants to put out. If you are in shape and looking for a fun way to spice up your fitness schedule, Jazzercise is an awesome workout and fun! If you have are out of shape and looking to get back into a fitness program then Jazzercise is for you too. All portions of the high intensity aerobic sections can be done in low impact (no hopping). If you have knee problems, joint problems, etc..then you can take it slow and steady. The upbeat music and fun moves will keep you coming back for more until you reach your goals.
    A regular Jazzercise class is 60 minutes long consisting of appx 35 minutes aerobics then followed by strength training. Strength training portion at the minimum is an upper torso routine, abdominal routine and a leg routine. Usually there is a stretch routine included also.
    Instructors receive 23-26 new songs and new choreographed routines every 10 weeks. Variety is stellar and you'll never get tired of the music or moves. Here is an example of our song variety....we have songs by Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, Santana, Black Eyed Peas, Justin Timberlake, Seal, Rascal Flatts, Janet Jackson, Brian Setzer, Madonna, Joss Stone, The Veronicas, Sean Paul, Beyonce......I could go on and on.
    Check out for the most recent offers and to find classes near you.
    Try it out! Jazzercise is not intimidating - you will love it!
    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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