November 2019

7 Things Your Fitness Instructor Wants You to Know

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7 Things Your Fitness Instructor Wants You to Know

Photo Credit: Alex Clark Photography

Sure, Jazzercise instructors are the party-makers, our biggest cheerleaders, booty-shaking motivators and sometimes even our resident besties. But have you ever wondered what goes on in their heads while they’re up there dancing on stage? We asked a small group of instructors what they’re thinking, what they’d like YOU to know and what they wish everyone would leave at the door.

1. No One Is Judging You
We know, we know...all gyms say this. But at Jazzercise this is our number one rule. No matter your age, size or fitness level, everybody is welcome at Jazzercise and we are a judgment-free zone. Whether you’re a seasoned dancer or have two left feet, you belong with us on the dance floor!

2. We Love Newbies
We’ve all been the newbie in class before, and for us they’re VIPs. We know that it takes a lot of courage to start a new fitness class, and we’re so excited to welcome all newcomers, but beware—you’re likely to walk out of your first class with a few new best friends!

3. Leave Your Nerves at the Door
Pro-Tip: There are no mistakes in Jazzercise, just accidental solos! Leave your inhibitions at the door and come dance with us. We’re all so busy getting the moves down ourselves that no one will even notice if you mess up a move or two (or 10!).

4. There’s a Reason We Don’t Have Mirrors
We always get asked this question! This was a decision Jazzercise made years ago. We want everyone to come to class, have fun and enjoy the workout—not worry about what they look like or nailing precise moves. 

5. Talk to Us About Your Injuries
Are you pregnant or do you have an injury? Let us know before class. All of our moves can be modified for lower impact, and while we show modifications throughout class, it’s good for us to know in advance.

6. The Strength Portion Is Important
Cardio is amazing! It gets your heart pumping, sweat flowing and gives you that beautiful post-workout glow you love. But before you skip out of class, make sure you stay for the strength portion. While cardio burns calories in the moment, strength burns calories in the days to come and helps to increase your metabolism. Plus, who doesn’t want gorgeously strong arms to show off?!

7. You’re Our Motivators, Too!
As much as we’re there to inspire you to get fit, you’re motivating us too! All of us have other jobs and responsibilities aside from teaching Jazzercise, and YOU holding US accountable for showing up and giving it our all is just as important. We couldn't do this without you!

Tell us your best piece of advice or a saying from your instructor in the comments below!

josie brown
excellent class on sat, it is high impact jazzicise, so time I can keep up and other times I have to break to caught my breath, I want to lose about 50 pounds so I can dance all night , but since I had my kids, my weight picked up and being in Rebecca class has motivated me to do move movement, with low inpact to moderate movements! You are a great instructor Rebecca keep up the good work I appreciate you invited me to your class.
1/17/2020 5:28:16 PM

Mrs sarah corteil
I love this x
11/26/2019 7:28:13 PM

Kim Strom
The best advice I got from an instructor were 2 things. For a newbie - Get the feet part down before you add or worry about your arms & always keep your back straight when you are doing a move.
11/26/2019 4:16:12 PM

Carolyn Efries
The companionship and endorphins got me through a very tough time in my life.
11/25/2019 10:58:49 AM

Sharon Thomas
I would LOVE to do strength. I get your point BUT please know, not all of us can do. Some of us can only get the most from cardio and call it good. Thank you for the 7 Things!
11/24/2019 9:17:03 PM

One of our fabulous instructors always says “this is my favourite song” to a lot of the songs. 😂. And she’s right, I agree with her 😉
11/24/2019 2:29:36 PM

Pam Rainey
If you are a “front row” or “middle-of-the-floor” ( like me) type of Jazzer, try being on the back row once in awhile to see how great it looks when the whole class is moving! It’s inspiring and motivating. We look so good together!
11/23/2019 3:22:30 PM

Ruth Wagner
I’ve been going to Jazzercise for 7 years. It makes me feel good and I’ve met so many amazing women. They care about you when you’re going through tough times and make you laugh all the time.
11/23/2019 1:08:28 PM

Renee Ochs
Jazzersize is the best! I feel such a difference when I don’t go!! Everyone is so supportive!!
11/23/2019 5:17:12 AM

Just give it 7 classes, a variety of instructors and a variety of classes! After 7 classes, you will be hooked!
11/23/2019 3:31:38 AM

Carol Schon
If you don't squeeze your bottom, nobody else will! 😘
11/23/2019 3:10:00 AM

I go to Jazzercise in Fredericksburg and love the workouts and the camaraderie of all the people I’ve met there. They literally have turned my world around - when I started, I had several medical issues. I’m now 67 years old and healthier than I was 20 years all because of Jazzercise!! Thank you, Jeanne Chapman and all of your instructors!
11/23/2019 12:54:11 AM

1. Sit back on those heels.
2. Make sure you're breathing.
3. We're almost there...DON'T STOP!
4. (finally)...I know you're tired,
I'm working right along with you.
11/22/2019 11:44:29 PM

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