A snazzy dance routine not only shapes striking silhouettes, but also disposes of unruly gangs composed of switchblade-wielding sharks and crooning jets. For $39, today’s Groupon gets you two months of access to Jazzercise classes at any of the Raleigh area's fourteen locations (see the sidebar for details), up to a $162 value. This funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen boosts energy, sheds pounds, and tightens muscle vessels without jettisoning valuable spices or one-eyed parrots. This Groupon is valid for new members or those that have not been members for three months.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily participants won't need her dance moves to get the most out of each class. Those prone to first-class jitters, though, can review the basic moves online before attending. Expect to burn off up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Just as varied as the workouts are the class formats themselves. There are special Jazzercises geared to sculpt every bod, cut workout times in half, or help get those Rachel Dratch arms that were popular gifts last Christmas. There's even a Jazzercise Express class that fuses strength and cardio conditioning in a convenient 30-minute workout that won’t leave participants running late and their carpool partners hitchhiking on uncomfortable handlebars. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
If Jazzercise seems like a fleeting '80s memory, like a Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt out-of-work cover bands wear to do masonry work, today's Groupon gives customers a chance to discover how the exercise phenomenon has evolved into one of the better total body workouts available today. Just leave the hot-pink leotard lodged securely in a rollerblade boot.