Though secret societies have terrific members-only benefits, their gorilla-centric initiation rites are often illegal. Make a solemn fitness vow that's legal with today's Groupon: for $19, you get one month of unlimited Jazzercise classes (a $50 value) from Jazzercise Saskatoon, valid at four locations in Saskatoon. Classes are held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Albert Community Hall; at 7 p.m. on Mondays at Alvin Buckwold School; at 6 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at Fitness Focus; and at 12:10 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays at 3rd Avenue Centre.
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. Multiple-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, although her advanced dance moves aren't needed to get the most out of the classes. Unlike a clairvoyant chess champion, participants can review the basic moves online before their first class. Students can expect to burn up to 600 calories with each go-round.
The class formats are just as varied as the workouts. Special Jazzercises are geared to sculpt bods, cut workout times in half, or help to get those toned arms requested last Christmas. As for the itty-bitties, childcare is available during select times at some locations.
Since Judi Sheppard Missett first created Jazzercise in 1969, the dance-fitness fusion has become a household name, and she is still the driving force behind the company today. Though Judi can’t attend all 32,000 classes held weekly in 32 countries, every 10 weeks, instructors around the world receive video of a new routine choreographed by Judi herself. And the routines have certainly evolved since their inception. They currently integrate elements of yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and resistance training, and are set to a consistently updated soundtrack of top 40, hip-hop, rock, and country hits. Generally, the 60-minute classes begin with a light warm-up before launching into 30 minutes of cardio, a segment with weights and strength training, and then a cooldown with stretches. Students of all ages and experience levels are welcome, but nervous beginners can cuddle up on the couch with their new sneakers and watch videos of signature moves at home before attending their first class.
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