Its really not my mom's Jazzercise... though she likes it too.

I've always had this idea in my head of what Jazzercise must be like... I imagine women my mom's age and older bouncing around in front of a wall-sized mirror to upbeat 80's music wearing leotards and leg warmers... I know I'm not the only one.

There's been a Jazzercise center in Fayetteville for as long as I can remember. Its on the main drag in a tiny little shopping center. It just so happens that I go by it often, since its close to my mom's house. I was amused a couple of weeks ago that the sign out front said "this isn't your mom's Jazzercise". A week later my mom told me she'd gotten a pamphlet in the mail and that she was thinking about trying it out. I told her she should. When she asked if I wanted to go with her I didn't know what to say... on one hand it seemed like a good way to get me motivated to exercise, but it all seemed so... dorky. I also really figured it must be expensive, or at least, more than I'd want to pay to bounce around to 80's music with a room full of middle-aged sweaty gals.

She was determined to check it out, so the next time we talked she asked again, and this time threw in that she found out they have free childcare and that the first class is totally free. I really had no way out at that point, so I went.

From first glance around the room, I was utterly shocked. It seemed as though my original fears were unfounded... there was a huge range of ages and ethnicities and there were no leotards in sight! Plus, the dreaded mirror didn't exist! I was extremely relieved that I didn't have to watch myself shimmy and wobble for an entire hour. Its just a big open room with a stage at the front. The instructor does her thing on the stage, and you have the rest of the room to do yours. There's mats, exercise balls, and weights all there for the taking. The childcare room is full of toys and kids, and I was actually very impressed. Its clean and the kids have loads of stuff to play with.

My first class was awkward to say the least. I tripped over my own feet, bungled the moves like nobody's business, and felt as though my heart would absolutely explode by the time I left... but I really actually enjoyed it! In fact, my only concern at that point was the cost. Young parents, especially those that are small business owners, such as myself, don't have money floating around like maybe we'd like... in fact, most of the time we're budgeted pretty tight. I was very nervous about signing up to do something that wasn't just absolutely necessary. I was very glad to hear there's no contract and that the monthly fee was lower than anywhere else in town that offered aerobics classes. In fact, my initial fee of $50 and $40/month was discounted by $20 because of a handy coupon, so I was sold.

I've gone to 2 classes this week. Though I'm feeling a bit sore today, I'm so excited about this! Not only am I finally going to focus on getting in shape, I'm not paying an arm and a leg for it. Not to mention that I can't help but think that getting out of my comfort zone and dancing for an hour a day can't hurt anything at all... right? Right. Here's to looking good naked...

7 comments:

March 26, 2008 at 2:00 PM Jimmy, Julie, and Gracie said...

That is so weird that you posted this. I have been wanting to try that Jazzercise class for FOREVER! I just haven't worked up the nerve to go for it! When they put on their shows in the mall, I always like to stand and watch them. It looks like so much fun! Maybe I'll try it sometime! Good for you!

March 26, 2008 at 7:50 PM mama-lama-ding-dong said...

You should come try it sometime... seriously, the 9:00 class has free childcare and everything!! I'm going again on Friday, if you want to come with just let me know!!!

Some girls we went to high school with were coming in for the 5:45 class when I went last week... for the life of me I couldn't tell you who but it was at least some familiar faces!! :)

March 27, 2008 at 6:40 AM Nilly said...

Hi, I loved your blog and the way you described the Jazzercise. I would like to try it. Can you tell me where is it located in Fayetteville ?!
We might be able to meet there :)
Thanks

March 27, 2008 at 11:07 AM Andrea said...

We don't have Jazzercise here, but we have a place called Curves that sounds somewhat similar. It's cool to meet someone else who is getting in shape. I just posted today about my workout routine!

My parents both went to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and lived there for several years. I love it there! We've visited a few times when we're in Fort Smith visiting my relatives.

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March 28, 2008 at 5:45 AM Rachael M. said...

Oh my goodness - I joined jazzercise when I was in HIGH SCHOOL (because my friends were going, and who doesn't need a little cardio?) and it was RIDICULOUS! It was in a church fellowship hall and was $8.00 a week. LOL.

I think I went for a month...

But there is a jazzercise place in town that I may have to check out one of these days, now that I know it's not the same as the good old church basement jazzercise!

April 4, 2008 at 12:09 AM Rene said...

This looks like so much fun! AND I found one in Bentonville. I wish that there were as many classes available as the Fayetteville location, but this will do.

Thanks for posting!

April 9, 2008 at 5:13 PM The Immoral Matriarch said...

Ooohh! I'm going to go look it up. The regular gym here is ridiculous.