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.
My Physique is a women-only workout facility offering a variety of exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. For an intense workout, My Physique's Body Chizel class combines dumbbells, resistance bands, stability balls, body bars, and other specialized equipment for full-body sculpting, while circuit trainers lift inanimate objects and animate cardiopulmonary systems with cardio routines. For fun, low-impact fitness, My Physique also offers hip-slimming Zumba dance classes and limb-lengthening Pilates.
Studio Z owner Jason Hernandez—along with his staff of instructors—leads Zumba dance sessions that combine the benefits of exercise with the jubilation of a dance party. In a sprawling 25,000 square foot space, participants move to booming Latin tunes along with about 15 to 30 peers. In addition to Zumba classes, the studio houses a collection of weights and exercise equipment.
With high-energy moves and a vivacious soundtrack, Zumba classes taught by Amity Humphries infuse dancing feet with latin rhythms while burning excess calories. For an hour on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. and Thursdays at 6:30 p.m., hip-shaking disciples follow Amity’s choreographed routines, stepping through cardio-based dance-fitness sequences backed by the sounds of salsa, tango, hip-hop, and other lively genres. With drop-in casualness and a playful intensity, Zumba classes eradicate gym doldrums and obligatory small talk with weight machines, allowing torso twisters to party their way to sleek physiques.