The Buzz on Jazzercise

Jazzercise, created by Judi Sheppard Missett, is the world's leading dance-fitness program. Since 1969, millions of people of all ages and fitness levels have reaped the benefits of this comprehensive program, designed to enhance cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

The name says it all.  Participants exercise to the rhythms and beats of current, upbeat music. Jazzercise offers an effective, total-body conditioning program in a group setting (similar to yoga or Spinning). Below are answers to many questions about Jazzercise. If your interest is piqued, check local papers to find out where Jazzercise is offered nearby.

How much does a class cost?
Because individual instructors independently own Jazzercise classes, there is no set rate. You will find that classes cost anywhere from $2 to $7, depending on the number of classes you purchase. Many instructors offer a special rate for new customers on their first purchase. You may pay as you go, or pay month to month.

How does Jazzercise improve your fitness?
  • Develops cardiovascular fitness
  • Increases energy
  • Strengthens and tones muscles
  • Improves flexibility and balance
  • Enhances metabolism
  • Reduces stress
What is a typical class like?
Each Jazzercise class is approximately 60 minutes. Here's how the class flows:
  • A warm-up segment comprised of gentle rhythmic movements and isolations for individual muscle groups
  • An aerobic segment to increase cardiovascular fitness and burn calories
  • An aerobic cool-down segment to reduce heart rate
  • A muscle-toning segment with weights to strengthen the hips, thighs, butt, abdomen, upper torso and arms
  • A final cool-down stretch segment to return the heart rate to normal
What are some Jazzercise exercises?
Here are a few of many:
  • Basic Aerobic Movements
  • Jazz Stretch
  • Attitude Lift
  • Diagonal Toe Touches
  • Flick-Kick
  • Heel Hop
  • Knee Lift
  • Pendulum Lift
  • Hip Rock
  • Power Legs
  • Lunges
  • Plies
  • Rock Lunge
  • Fancy Footwork
  • Jazz Square
  • Kick Ball Change
  • Side-to-Side Movements

To read more about Jazzercise, visit its main Website. Good luck and enjoy!
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Member Comments

Happy to know it still exists. I wish I had a local place/gym that has it (none). Report
Yes, it sure does exist here in November of 2018! I've been going to Jazzercise since, uh, 2001, and have gone from middle age to old age. I'm still dancing! Jazzercise is for all ages from young college students here through middle aged ladies to old ladies such as myself. There have even been a couple of men here at various times, but usually it's something women do. Report
I did Jazzercise in the 80s but didnt know it even was still a thing. Report
Jazzercise? Does this still exist? This was a 2004 article. Thanks, anyway! Report
Interesting. Report
Interesting article. Report
Never heard of this one either. Thanks for the info! Report
This is an old article, but a fun one. Jazzercize was a lot of fun back in the day. Report
I knew this was a blast from the past (written in 2004) when I saw Jazzercise in the title !! Report
I used to love Jazzercise! Those were good times! Report
Good article Report
I love Jazzercize! Great article! I am a former Jazzercise participant. Yes, I am male, a "Jazzerdude."

It is a great exercise program and probably the only one that I stayed with for an extended length of time, 8 or more years. The set class times usually helped me make sure I made time for class. I don't work as well with the "I'll go to the gym after work" mentality. Too many obstacles and reasons to not get there. But I would make sure I could a scheduled 6:00 PM class time.

I even found other Jazzercise locations when I traveled for business. I found myself warmly welcomed when visiting in Alabama, Michigan and Texas. Some would charge $10 per visit, others would just welcome me with open arms and a closed wallet.

I stopped for pricing issues. When the price went over $40 per month, I stopped. I regularly attended 3 - 8 classes a week, which puts my per class pricing down to the $2 or less range per class. There are several franchise gyms in my area that I can use for $10-$20 per month.

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Great article. Oh how I wish I could do this type of exercise. My knees just don't allow it. Report
Sadly Jazzercize isn't as affordable as when this article was written. In the day when there are SO many fitness options including gyms that are only $10 per month, individual "come try us out" Jazzercize classes are $14 each. Sorry Jazzercize...I'll be checking out $5 Zumba right next door!!! Report
LOVE LOVE LOVE my Jazzercise! It helped me lose over 60 pounds several years ago! Report


 

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Zach Van Hart
Zach Van Hart
Zach is a journalist who regularly covers health and exercise topics.