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That’s why we started Work For Your Beer Spotlights, a series in which we highlight local fitness classes to show you how you can work for your beer at beyond the brewery (and support local businesses in the process).
Next up in the series: Jazzercise.
When our Director of Partnerships, Brittany, told me we'd be dancing for our beer at Jazzercise Concord-Charlotte Speedway, the first thing that popped into my head was leg warmers and (you guessed it) jazz hands. But boy, was I wrong.
After I tried out their Strength30 and Dance Mixx classes, I can confidently say this is not your mom's Jazzercise class. So, put your scrunchies away and read on to learn more about our experience.
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Strength30 class is 30 minutes of weight and resistance training developed to tighten and tone muscles, and Dance Mixx is a 60-minute high intensity class that mixes modern moves with strength training. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Jazzercise offered way more than just dance classes.
For instance, Jazzercise has been instructing dance party workouts since 1969. After being a leader in the fitness industry for almost 50 years, they definitely know their stuff. Their routines are reviewed by physiologists to ensure proper technique and effectiveness, and every instructor receives ongoing training that ensures they master their routines that fuse cardio and modern dance with resistance training, pilates, yoga, and kickboxing.
I also learned that you can burn up to 800 calories in one 60-minute Jazzercise class... AKA these classes are no joke.
The workout hadn't even begun and I was already impressed.
The first class, Strength30, required a yoga mat and light hand weights (around 3 to 10 pounds depending on preference). This 30-minute class consisted entirely of strength training moves that worked everything from our arms down to our legs. The music was pumping and shortly after class began, Brittany and I were already sweating.
The mix of fitness influences was very apparent in the class. I loved that one minute you're lifting weights and then next you're in downward-facing dog. It keeps the class exciting! And even as much as the routines changed, it was still very easy to follow the instructor.
Not even 10 minutes into the second class, I was drenched in sweat. The first half of class was definitely more cardio, kickboxing, and dance-focused, paired with some of today's hottest hits.
As one of the least coordinated people I know, it had to have been obvious that I was new to the class. I can only imagine I looked like a baby giraffe trying to take its first steps as I tried to master each move, even though the instructor amazingly and clearly demonstrated each routine. Regardless, I worked through each routine with a smile on my sweat-soaked face.
The second half of class started to focus more on strength training and we broke back out our yoga mats and hand weights. This is where it got even more intense (imagine an entire song's length of planks followed by leg work while staying elevated in a bridge position).
The classes were both tough for sure! I was impressed by how much they kept my attention throughout the hour and a half time span by incorporating so many different fitness styles into one workout.
But one of my favorite parts of attending the classes had to be the people. It's clear that the people who come out to Jazzercise love it and, more importantly, support each other. It was a real community in the studio and we loved how welcoming they were to us beginners.
And shockingly, I have to report that were no jazz hands used throughout the course of the workouts.
The Bottom Line
Are you ready to try Jazzercise?
Is there a class or fitness studio you think we should try for our Work For Your Beer Spotlight series? Would your gym or studio like to featured on the Work For Your Beer blog? In either case, you can reach out to Danielle at email@example.com.
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