When I mentioned to friends and family that I was going to start taking Jazzercise in 2014, I got comments like
"are you bringing your leg warmers?" or "are you wearing a leotard?"
Neither. This is what I wore (post-workout photo, so crazy hair is a given!) Jazzercise is ALL GROWN UP! No leotards, no leg warmers! And none of the women in my class were wearing anything from the 1980's either!
I wore the same thing I normally wear to CrossFit! Except I didn't wear my Nano's. I wore my Brooks. And I slipped during a ball exercise, but more on that later. Thank goodness for a lot of padding on my butt.
I used to do Jazzercise back in the late 1990's. I loved it and did it constantly for 2 years. I have always loved dancing, and despite trying Zumba a small handful of times, I have not taken a dance aerobics class since meeting my husband and relocating to Tampa. When I met James, Jazzercise was the type of exercise I was doing. But we lived a far distance away from each other, so the time I used to spend in Jazzercise I was now spending in the car driving up to meet him.
This past year I discovered CrossFit and I've made amazing gains in my strength. Simply amazing. But I felt the tug of a true group fitness class calling back to me. Before CrossFit I pretty much only did Les Mills group fitness. But I don't want to give up CrossFit, not at all, so I needed to find something that would work. Les Mills classes at the Wellness Center meet at a time that wouldn't allow me to keep up CrossFit, and no way am I allowing that to happen.
I happened to be driving up US41 last week and saw a sign for Jazzercise and my heart skipped a beat. I came home, looked up their class schedule online and saw that they offer a 9:30am and 10:30am class and those times fit PERFECTLY with my CrossFit schedule!! I can do CrossFit on MWF at 9am, and then drive the few miles south to do Jazzercise at 10:30. On Tuesday/Thursday I am planning on only doing Jazzercise, but the 9:30am class.
Today's class had us dancing to Rhianna (one of my favorites) Pink, Kenny Chesney (I'm not really a country fan, but it wasn't bad) and other Top 40 hits! It was so much fun! We did a circuit workout too. We used exercise bands, hand weights, and an exercise ball for core work. This is when I slipped. I have used exercise balls for core work a lot of time. I mean a lot. But I had forgotten how slippery a wooden fitness floor can be. So as I was rolling out on my back to get into proper position my feet kept going and before I knew it the ball had slipped out from behind my back and my butt was on the ground. Too funny! The lady behind me caught my ball and said "you just missed me slipping too!!" HAHA!! I guess it happens to even the seasoned Jazzercisers.
We did a TON of squats and lunges. A ton. I do a lot in CrossFit but not for like 8 minutes straight. My legs were ON FIRE!! I can't wait to go back next week!! The instructor was great, upbeat, and personable. I had a great time. And yes, we did grapevines.
A few things to know about Jazzercise:
- Jazzercise is the original dance aerobics class and got its start way before newcomers Zumba, Bhangra, and Dance Trance.
- Unlike other dance classes, there are no mirrors in any of the Jazzercise studios. No mirrors means no self-judgement and no need for self consciousness. Go nuts. The instructor is trained to give easy-to-follow verbal cues, so follow along with her and you’ll be just fine. It’s like a live version of the Dance Dance Revolution video game.
- According to the website, you can burn up to 600 calories in one class. I burned 548 calories. I'm pretty happy with that!! My friend Liz, upon seeing my calorie burn on Facebook posted "not bad for dancing!" Right?? Not bad for dancing!!
- Classes involve warm up, cardio dance segment, aerobic cool down, toning with weights, and a final warm down. Each and every segment is adaptable for all ability levels. I did the highest level for most of the routine, though a few moves I wasn't familiar with so had to really use my brain to think about it.
- New songs and routines are used every 10 weeks to keep things fresh. So, if you hate Ke$ha or Taylor Swift, stick it out for a few weeks and there’ll be a new crop of pop stars to dance with next time.
Jazzercise Lutz/Tampa is currently running a special! You can enroll for FREE and the month of January is FREE!!
The Lutz/Tampa location also offers childcare at 9:30am which is great for those days when the kids are home from school and I still need my dancing fix!
Have you ever done Jazzercise???