Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
After meeting on season nine of NBC's The Biggest Loser, O'Neal Hampton and Cherita Andrews were inspired by their personal fitness experiences to improve the health and well-being of others. Their community of personal trainers and nutrition specialists strives to develop wellness inside and out. Daily regimens may include inspirational seminars and meditation to help alleviate mental stress. Personalized weight-loss programs include daily meals planned by experienced nutritionists who demonstrate that preparing healthy food doesn't have to mean skimping on flavor. Intense workouts incinerate calories via one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer or cardboard cutout of Popeye. Ultimately, the goal is to achieve a transformation that goes deeper than the surface. "It's not only about losing weight," as Hampton and Andrews say. "It's about gaining life."
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Depending on the camp, sessions take place in a variety of scenic locations around Austin and Round Rock. Every class is in a small-group setting where friends, family, and neighbors sweat and move muscles until they're fitter and more trim than an edmontosaurus on a diet of sunshine. Fitness 4 Mind's experienced, attentive instructors guide each activity and make the workouts fun and challenging. Here are descriptions of the three camps.
At its core, the CrossFit regimen uses high-intensity versions of everyday functional movements to get people lean and cut. This means that the group classes will use ever-changing sequences of exercises that combine pushing, pulling, squatting, jumping, throwing, and carrying movements as well as sprints to create full-body workouts. It also means that trainers can scale those workouts to fit the needs and abilities of beginners and hard-core CrossFit disciples alike.
Throughout the workouts, students will have full control over the intensity of each exercise, which allows them to safely challenge themselves while their coaches and fellow attendees provide enthusiastic support, encouragement, and guidance. Safety is always a priority at CrossFit Hays, so the instructors require newcomers to learn the basics by attending introductory Elements courses. During these courses, the coaches teach students how to safely perform the exercises while simultaneously learning to recognize and respect the limitations of their bodies and their telekinetic weightlifting powers.
The trainers affectionately call Maximum III CrossFit “The Box,” because of its open, utilitarian layout. It’s a far cry from posh health clubs, but when it’s filled with people lifting weights, hoisting themselves up on gymnastics rings, and encouraging one another, the ever-changing CrossFit workouts need no frills.
No two workouts of the day are the same. They are varied with high-intensity, functional exercises, such as kettlebell drills, rope climbing, and body-weight exercises. The workouts are scalable so that all fitness levels can join in and take on the challenges. The trainers strive to push each member to get into the best shape of their lives, whether that’s preparing for a marathon or gaining enough strength to finally win a thumb war.