BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -If you’re still searching for a way to step into 2019, Jazzercise offers dance party workouts that aim to fill your fitness needs in a one-hour class, with aerobic exercises for full body toning.
There is a Jazzercise fitness center in Baton Rouge on Sherwood Forest, as well as a studio on Airline Highway in Prairieville, but members are welcome to attend classes at any location, even while they’re on vacation in another city.
- 4520 S. Sherwood Forest Blvd Suite
- 17424 Airline Hwy, Ste 8
Between the two facilities in this area, there are more than 50 classes a week, with 30 instructors taking the stage to help you dance up a sweat. The routines blend dance with pilates, yoga, kickboxing and more. According to their website, you can burn up to 800 calories in one class.
“We have six different formats. Dance mix is what people are accustomed to if they’ve ever done Jazzercise in the past, the cardio first and strength at the end.” said Rachel McGuerty, owner of the Baton Rouge and Prairieville locations. “But in the past few years we’ve incorporated a few more. We have strike, we have core, interval dance mix, interval fusion, and strength classes that focus all on strength training.”
All of the Jazzercise classes incorporate some level of cardio and strength. Classes are open to people at all levels of fitness.
“We really strive to be encouraging and welcoming and motivating. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have dance experience or rhythm,” said McGuerty. “It’s a process. You learn it over time. You get better and better and you put more into it as you go.”
Members stand by the health benefits of Jazzercise. One woman says she believes she has prevented aging ailments thanks to her regular attendance.
“I don’t have osteoporosis because of Jazzercise,” said Nola Labat, Jazzercise member.
Instructors can give modifications if you need changes to high-impact or low-impact moves or modifications during strength training. The instructors will also help women who are pregnant that are in need of modifying the workout.
“It’s a workout that anyone can do and it doesn’t matter where you’re starting from,” said McGuerty.
Jazzercise has classes seven days a week starting as early as 5 a.m. for people who want to workout before work. You can find a full class schedule on the My Jazzercise app.
You can also request a free class using the My Jazzercise app to try it out for the first time.
For additional information about Jazzercise of Baton Rouge or Prairieville, call 225-276-6480.
Rachel McGuerty shared information about Jazzercise on WAFB’s Get Fit Red Stick Facebook group. Join Get Fit Red Stick to connect with other people in the area with similar fitness goals and be connected with fitness experts who want to help you get fit.