So… I’ve been doing a new workout that I really like. I know, I know — you’ve all heard me rave about C25K and the 30 Day Shred in the past. And those are still great workouts. But I don’t have a treadmill (or a gym membership), and if you know me in person you know that it would be absolutely comical for me to run outside in the cold, due to the fact that I am chilly sitting at my desk right now and it’s 69 degrees inside… and the Shred, well, it gets a little old and repetitive after a while (and when I reach the point of wanting to strangle Jillian for saying “the neck is not invited to this party,” I know it’s time to take a break). I tried Jillian’s 6 Week 6-Pack OnDemand for something a little different, but working out in my living room has just started to lose its luster, and I was really feeling like I needed something that would get me out of the house without breaking the bank. Like everyone else who tries kicking their fitness routine back into gear after the holidays, I decided to try something new.
You’ll never guess what it is.
No, really — I didn’t even know this was still around. My mom did it in the 80s and I thought it went out twenty-plus years ago alongside legwarmers and teased hair.
Are you ready for this?
Jazzercise. Yes, Jazzercise!
I had been putting off joining a gym again because I really didn’t enjoy my old gym, although it was inexpensive and convenient for me to get to. What good is convenience, though, if you’re never going to go because you don’t like it? The gyms that seemed more appealing with better classes, more equipment, a pool, etc., were twice the cost and required a hefty fee to join. I found some nearby Zumba classes, but they weren’t convenient enough to get to or frequent enough to work with my ever-changing schedule… plus the cost per class can add up quickly. My mom mentioned in passing a few weeks ago that there are still some Jazzercise classes in the area, and she knew of one very close to my home. After pinching myself to make sure I wasn’t stuck in a dream that transported me back to 1987, I looked it up. Whaddya know — Jazzercise is, indeed, still around. And it has undergone a twenty-first century makeover (nary a legwarmer or Aqua Net hairdo in sight!).
The location near me has a whopping 14 classes a week to choose from, including mornings, evenings and weekends, so I can find a way to get there several times a week to work with my schedule. And after a $25 joining fee, it’s $38 a month for unlimited classes. Not too shabby at all.
As if the exercise gods were trying to tell me something, the very next day after exploring the Jazzercise website and deciding I’d give it a shot, there was a Groupon for two months of unlimited Jazzercise classes for $39, and no joining fee. It took me about a millisecond to sign up, print out my Groupon, and get my workout clothes ready for the next morning!
I’ve gone to five classes in the last two weeks, and I love it. It’s less than 10 minutes away (at a local church), so I have no excuse not to get there. I’m definitely one of the few women under 40 (or maybe 50?) there, but who cares? It’s a great workout, the instructors are fun, and, most importantly for me-who-gets-bored-very-easily, each class is different from the last. The hour-long class goes really fast with a combination of warm-up, dance cardio, weight and mat exercises. The music is current and fun, and I’m not in a glass fishbowl room inside of a gym where all of the boys lifting weights can watch me (something I despised about my last gym).
I don’t want to jinx it, but I think I might actually stick with this one. Dare I say, I have actually been looking forward to going!
Does anyone else out there do Jazzercise? (Or did you even know that it still existed??)