Although you’ve probably seen a video or two of Judi Sheppard vibrantly leading a Jazz training in the 80s, Jazzercise has been a dance cardio powerhouse for over 50 years. Even with traditional brick and mortar locations, the company now brings Jazz into our homes not through VHS tapes but through its online platform. Jazzercise on request. Jazzercise On Demand offers a variety of classes including HIIT, Pilates, core strengthening, along with exclusive dance cardio workouts. With classes ranging from 10 to 40 minutes, everyone can find a class that suits their schedule. Including mine!
Read on to find out what a 20-minute mixx dance workout is, presented by the Jazzercise president. Shanna missett nelson, implies and how it preserves the classic Jazzercise elements.
The jazz experience
We started with a five-minute full-body warm-up that instantly brought in sweat along with feelings of nostalgia. The playlist was set to vibrant electronic music, and we shifted our shoulders, rocked side to side, and even got on our hips with some slow, daring plies.
As we glided into the first part of the workout, we held a side-to-side vibration as we reached for our arms from side to side, then we moved around our space from side to side. Then we incorporate the movement from front to back so that we can combine all the movements in more than one dance around the room.
Then we moved on to some kickboxing-inspired moves that felt like we turned a kickboxing match into a Broadway performance. We combined hooks, punches, and heel jumps, which definitely got my heart rate up. The quick, sharp movement definitely reminded me to engage my core while challenging my agility.
Moving on to the free weight section, we grabbed our dumbbells and went straight into the plie squats. Just as I let out a big sigh, Shanna said, “Sometimes the work feels hard, doesn’t it? But it’s so good!” Truer words couldn’t have been said at the time. I’m the type of person who loves a full body workout, so feel the works in my training it makes the experience almost euphoric. I was so focused during this section that in the blink of an eye it was time for the final section: abs.
Now you might be thinking, “Oh yeah, we can go to bed.” Not! We kept the whole body concept while using plie squats in combination with moving our torso back and forth, then side to side, to target our entire core. It was almost like a chill, although I certainly felt like my core was working. After the last rep, we put our feet in the middle and we were done!
After testing the workout, I can safely say that Jazzercise is more than just swinging your hips in a Spandex costume; is a full-body workout that stimulates the heart and strengthens the community. If you want to try Jazzercise On Demand, click here for a free trial of the platform.
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