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[Carol Williams, along with a group of other women, participates in the 10th anniversary of Jazzercise in Elburn at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center.]
The classes are a full-body work-out incorporating cardio, strength training, Pilates, stretching, kickboxing and modern dance. Created in 1969 by Judi Sheppard Missett, the classes initially used jazz moves in the warm-up. Today, the music is a mix of country, pop, rock, Latin and contemporary jazz.
Both the music and the routines are continually changing. Jazzercise provides instructors new tapes on a regular basis – with new moves and playlists and a variety of workouts to keep it fresh – and each instructor brings their own personality to the class, Liesen said.
Jacquie Spenader, 68, began doing Jazzercise in Ohio 37 years ago, continuing when she moved to the area in 1989.
Last year, Spenader had both knees replaced and attributes her speedy recovery to the good shape she was in due to Jazzercise.
“She kicked butt at rehab, even over the younger people,” said her classmate Jill Locke.