Though a mimery is a noble and underperformed art form, its utilitarian offerings as a fat-zapper are lousy, at best. Today's Groupon leads you to an art form that better serves the body, with two months of unlimited access to Jazzercise classes at any of the Jacksonville area's eight locations (see the sidebar for details) for $39 (a $151 value). This funk-fueled, head-to-toe regimen tightens muscles, boosts energy, and sheds pounds. This Groupon is available for new clients and those who have not attended a Jazzercise class in over 3 months. Rates vary at each location – the $151 value is an average.
Each 60 minute Jazzercize class incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training (with handheld weights) to a total-body workout complete with cardio, strength training, and stretching techniques. Dancing With the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, simply review the basic moves online before you go. 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 your bod, cut your workout time in half, or help you get those Pat O'Brien arms you asked for last Christmas. There's even a junior Jazzercise and Jazzercise team dance at some locations, which let you work out with your kids and teenagers. As for the ittie-ditties, childcare is available during select times at many locations.
If Jazzercise is a fleeting '80s memory for you, like your Betamax tape of ALF reruns or the "Frankie Say Relax" T-shirt you wear to do masonry work, today's Groupon gives you 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 in your glove compartment.
- If you love to dance (or even if you don't), this is the class for you. Everyone is so welcoming and crazy (in a good way) that you'll be hooked after your first time. – Judy P., Insider Pages