Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Jazzercise??

We've come a long way from the days when we "went for the burn" in full makeup and bare feet. If you hear the word "Jazzercise" and envision shiny leotards, legwarmers and big hair...here's an update. I've been working out at our local Jazzercise studio for a year and a half- five days a week- and I'm here to tell you that this is not your mother's Jazzercise. What's your favorite music? Gwen Stefani? Gretchen Wilson? Michael Buble? There's music for every taste and dance steps that move you into a whole new comfort zone. Have you isolated your abdomen muscles lately? I promise you that a studio without mirrors invites a higher level of self confidence.


My instructor, Jackie Hurst, is a personal trainer and a world-class motivator with the ability to make your workout both challenging and entertaining. With constantly changing sets and new routines, she keep your neurons charging. Floor work with Pilates based moves reinforce your awareness of core strength. Aren't clear where your anterior deltoids are located? Right behind Jackie, hangs a handpainted canvas of the human form (front and back) with each muscle painted a different color. So now I know that the rectus abdominus (of six-pack fame) originates at the bottom of the pelvis–the crest of the pubis–and inserts onto the rib cage at the bottom of the breastbone, on the cartilage of the 5th, 6th, and 7th rib, is green and looks curiously like a dill pickle.


If you've been thinking about ratcheting up your level of exercise and are looking for a fun way to firm up, burn calories and increase your cardio strength.......give it a shot. Next thing you know, you'll be adding a heart rate monitor to your workout wardrobe and your "Target zone" will have absolutely nothing to do with shopping in your local strip mall.

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