“These are not jazz hands, THESE are jazz hands!” Of course I had to quote ‘Bring It On.’ That was a given. Thanks to Danielle Losos (on Instagram as @danitutu), a friend of mine and jazzercise instructor, I can now officially say that I have taken Jazzercise and it was … interesting.
The class I took was at the West University Place Recreation Center on Bellaire Blvd. and it cost $15 for a one time, hour long class. I got there early and walked into a big empty dance type studio and was quickly joined by 20 or so other classmates. I know Danielle from work events and when she mentioned she taught jazzercise I couldn’t quite picture it, but she was a phenomenal instructor. She was so confident and energetic and she had me smiling and laughing THE ENTIRE TIME 🙂
The class is broken down into 2 parts, cardio and strength, and is a full body workout. The first 40 minutes is cardio and is focused on reaching a peak heart rate about half way through then coming back down the bell curve to cool down before strength training. There was a lot of skipping, hopping and jumping so by the end of the 40 minutes of cardio, I was sweating quite a bit and my calves were on fire, but that was about it. I also felt VERY uncoordinated the entire time, but I could tell nobody in the room was judging me or even noticed. It was actually really nice to feel like a kid again just dancing around without a care in the world. I was also surprised by the variety of people taking the class. There were females and males, young and old, big and small, you name it, they were there!
The last 20 minutes were spent on strength conditioning, so it was time for the mats and weights came out to play. We used the weights for upper body and then focused on legs and abs on the mat. There were a few moves that I felt really target my inner thighs and shoulders, but all in all, I kind of felt like I needed to go home and do an extra little something something to feel like I had a great workout. No doubt it was fun, and taught me that I need to work on my coordination and dance moves, but as far as a killer workout goes, I am still on the fence.
If you are looking to have fun, show your sass and smile (a lot) while working out, this is definitely for you. Also, if you are looking for a low impact workout, all of the hops and jumps can be swapped for marching so it’s really good for anyone with joint problems.
Again, I don’t want to sound bias since Danielle is a friend of mine, but she really was a phenomenal instructor. I was just in awe of her because it wasn’t something I expected her to be sooo good at when I first met her through work. I know she has a background in dance, but she just made every move look so effortless, while I looked like a baby giraffe walking for the first time. It was rough to keep up.
For more information on the West University Place Recreation Center membership and classes, visit http://www.westutx.gov/434/Recreation-Center
Also follow @jazzerciseinc on Instagram.