get out those legwarmers….

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!

If it’s good enough for Cheryl Burke, it’s good enough for me.

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??)


  1. this is amazing. I go to Zumba during my lunch hour on thursdays. Lunch hour aerobics means only one thing – rockin’ with the over 60 crowd. There are a few women there who do actually wear leotards over tights with leg warmers. no joke.

  2. I used to do Jazzercise and I loved the workout! However, since I live in a small town I didn’t like seeing some people that also attended and paying for the membership while I only pay for a gym membership at my college. I did love the fact that if I went on vacation, I could get a card from my location that would allow me to work out somewhere else too!

  3. I started Jazzercise about 4 or 5 months ago and I absolutely LOVE it! I’m sick this week and I’m so bummed I haven’t been able to go to a class. I quit the gym after I started Jazzercise because I’m way more likely to go Jazzercise than the gym. I did a guest post on You Wanna Talk Jive about is a few months ago –

  4. I want to and just went to the site and for some reason no one in Seattle offers it. You have to go outside the city to find a class. Total bummer!

  5. So cool! I didn’t know it was still around either, but it sounds so great. I’m glad you found something you really enjoy!

  6. Hey Brooke! My mom actually used to be a Jazzercise instructor, so I have known about it for quite some time. Have fun!

  7. Good for you! I remember tagging along with my aunt and little cousin back in the 90s. We just hung in the playroom though.

  8. I once took a yoga glass and a salsa dancing class at the local community college. Since the class was just in the school’s open gymnasium, and no other classes were occurring at the same time, I felt comfortable and was able to get into it. There weren’t any muscle-heads peaking through the glass. I didn’t feel intimidated at all!

  9. That is so awesome! I’ve never been as I’m generally not brave enough to take classes. Apparently my brother in law (who happens to be a oil well driller) went with his fiancée to a dance-aerobics class. I find this especially entertaining as he’s totally a manly-man type guy and was the only guy in the class!

  10. My boyfriend’s mom loves Jazzercise. She goes every am, and even got a special “Christmas present” for going 25 times during December. She always offers to bring me along when we visit, but I’m so uncoordinated I’m afraid I’d fall over. And, honestly, that there’d be legwarmers :)

  11. I love Jazzercise! I wish a gym membership was in my current budget because there is a Jazzercise less than a mile from my house, but I do have a treadmill (thank you, Craigslist) so I can’t justify it currently.

  12. That is awesome!!! I won’t do a damn thing at home or at the gym if I’m not in a class. I love the variety, and the fact that the instructor has everything planned out. I go to zumba and boot camp at my gym, and I love them both! But the dancing and music during zumba class boosts my mood as much as my heart rate- I am so happy when I leave!

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