What is Jazzercise?
The word “jazzercise” may conjure up images of leg warmers and leotards, but those images no longer apply. While the dance fitness craze became popular in the eighties, today’s Jazzercise playlist includes popular hits by Meghan Trainer, Ariana Grande and Shawn Mendez…and nary a leotard.
So what exactly is jazzercise? “Jazzercise is a complete mixture of cardio, strength and pilates moves set to music and taught by certified instructors. Sixty minutes of a really kick-butt workout where you’re crushing 800 calories. Regardless of your body type or fitness level, it’s a great workout for everyone” explains owner of Findlay’s new Jazzercise location, Chase Eikenbarry.
Eikenbarry has owned and instructed Jazzercise at the Bluffton location for the past three years. After growing the Bluffton location to over 90 members, she opened the Findlay location at Crawford Street Gym in June.
A mood-boosting workout
I attended a Wednesday morning class in Findlay taught by Missy. After a brief warm-up we did 30 minutes of cardio followed by 30 minutes of toning. All 60 minutes were set to a catchy music playlist and moved at a fast pace. Missy did an excellent job of providing modifications and demonstrating proper form. One of my biggest pet peeves is when instructors don’t provide safety instructions, so Missy’s accommodations made me happy. As a busy mom, I try to avoid injuries!
Eikenbarry advises newbies to try a few classes since it can take a couple of times to learn the moves. Regardless of some missteps, I was sweating during the cardio portion and feeling the burn while toning. Before long our time was up and I started my day in a good mood. Maybe it was the endorphins, maybe it was the friendly faces or maybe it was the music. Time flies when you’re having fun and it would be hard not to have fun at Jazzercise.
Try your first class for free
Check out Jazzercise, the perfect fit for those who dread working out or get bored easily. Your first class is free and various class times are available in both Findlay and Bluffton. For more information call or text 419-722-4427 or search “Jazzercise Findlay/Bluffton” on Facebook and Instagram.