Forget the legwarmers and Disco music of the 1980s – Jazzercise in the 21st Century is all about today’s fitness for today’s busy people. But while the gear and music may have changed, the workout itself remains one of the most enjoyable and effective ways for men and women to lose weight, improve cardiovascular health and increase strength, not to mention making you feel like a million bucks. Here in the South Sound, Kimberly DeMile is a certified Jazzercise instructor and franchise owner of Federal Way Jazzercise. For 14 years this former gymnast has been teaching aerobic fitness classes and found her niche in Jazzercise and the music that makes you want to, well, get up and dance, because that’s what Jazzercise is all about – having fun to stay healthy. With fellow instructors Jeannette Hunt and Vickie Black-Vigue, the three teach in a large space at the Banquet Hall Building at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center (650 S.W. Campus Dr., Federal Way). The international Jazzercise franchise business hosts a network of 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries. Being part of this franchise network allows DeMile access to music and choreographed routines developed and tested effective by the company. Classes are designed so that participants can go at their own pace, making it perfect for anyone from teens to seniors.
DeMile says attending her classes is similar to using a Wii “Just Dance” DVD at home but with many added benefits. “We are trained to cue movements to let customers know what to do, give safety tips, and show modifications to address various physical issues such as tender knees and backs. You never have to jump and hop, you can do the whole class with low impact, high intensity movements, so any fitness level can participate.” As she’s teaching, DeMile shows both high and low impact options and scans the room to coach customers on posture and proper movements. Her regular Jazzercise classes consist of dance-based cardio and strength training with weights and resistance bands. Fat gets burned and muscles, including the heart, get stronger. In addition to teaching the regular Jazzercise format, DeMile and her instructors also teach Body Sculpting classes, a 40-50 minute muscle toning workout that features a creative combination of strength training movements and stretching for sculpted arms, a strong core, tight glutes and firm legs. For kids 6-11, there’s Junior Jazzercise that teaches coordination, strength, endurance, and nutrition through specially choreographed, age-appropriate routines to today’s most popular music. There are “girls nights” as well, when just the ladies gather to work up a sweat. Those interested in Jazzercise and want to learn more are encouraged to come and watch a class or better yet, try one for free! Make plans now to attend a free introductory class on Jan. 1 at 9:30 a.m. – “Happy New Rear” – and bring your friends and family.
To learn more about DeMile’s Jazzercise program and class schedule, visit http://www.jazzercise.com and type your zip code into the “Find A Class Near You” search field.