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.
BodySonix offers weight loss treatments that slim the body differently than, say, a vigorous workout. Rather than just lowering overall body weight, non-invasive ultrasound treatments use low-frequency ultrasonic waves to break down fat deposits in specific areas such as the thighs, upper arms, and abs. The lymphatic system then finishes the job naturally, flushing out the released fat and leaving physiques subtly sculpted.
For those more concerned with wrinkles and sagging skin than extra pounds, BodySonix also offers radio frequency skin tightening treatments, which help re-build collagen and reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks. When used together, the two treatments work to slim and shape the body simultaneously, providing a non-invasive alternative to other slimming procedures like liposuction.
While some do chin-ups on the pull-up bars others lift barbells and swing kettlebells overhead, while still others flip enormous tractor tires from end-to-end. It’s all part of the daily routine at CrossFit Queen Creek, where trainers change up the exercises each day to stave off boredom. The small group sizes in each class also ensures personal attention, while the functional full-body motions of the workouts ensures total body fitness.
Fitness Revolution Queen Creek’s co-owners, Asad Tufail and Michelle Stefl-Tufail, learned the training ropes at extra-large health clubs but decided to open a facility focused on more personalized workouts. They lead small-group training sessions, as well as boot-camp classes that cap at 15 participants per session. The staff encourages camaraderie among participants and keeps motivation high outside of the gym through social-media sites.
The zombie-themed Queen Creek Running Dead 5K has a greater purpose than scaring participants into running from the undead hordes hungry for brains. The race—held the weekend before Halloween—benefits local schools by funneling the proceeds to the Queen Creek Schools Education Foundation for scholarships and teacher grants.