Jazzercise has come along way since it first became a trend in the 80’s. Today there is less of an emphasis on fashion and more of a focus on fitness.
And there is no better time to try the blood pumping activity than today. Liverpool’s first jazzercise centre opened last Saturday on Mitchell Rd, Moorebank.
The launch of Jazzercise South West Sydney's Fitness Studio had the centre buzzing with energetic members who participated in classes.
Owner, Megan Chipperfield said one of the highlights was having the newly appointed deputy mayor, Tina Ayyad welcome everyone.
The local council member cut the ribbon to the door and said a few words.
“When women look their best and feel their best they can be their best. It was great to be invited, representing council and it was a good chance to meet local women and hear their ideas about how we can progress Liverpool,” Ms Ayyad said.
Mrs Chipperfield explained jazzercise as a fusion of various dance styles and fitness.
“We’re about having fun - it’s a dance party rather than flogging it out on the tredmill. When you go to a nightclub you sweat and your heart rate goes up - that’s pretty much what it is. We get out our booties, shake our hips and there’s the occasional shimmy. It’s about moving your body to music to getting the benefits of a workout.”
She said since taking up jazzercise in 2004 and seeing such a dramatic personal transformation, she wanted to help other women too.
“I have owned the business for the past eight years. I began doing jazzercise in 2004 as a customer and was a certified to be an instructor by 2009.
“I was a size 18 and in desperate need of losing weight to increase my ability to fall pregnant. And just from jazzercise I went down to a size 10. Since, I’ve been able to fall pregnant twice naturally. I’m toned and trim now.”
But the woman, now 39, said it’s not about losing weight.
“What we’re here about is overall health. People go to the gym to lose weight but it’s about how you feel in your clothes. We’re about getting fit and having fun. Endorphins are released when you exercise so it’s about physical and mental health.”
And it seems Mrs Chipperfield’s passion has also rubbed off on her husband – who now works as a jazzercise instructor at her centre.
“My husband is the only male instructor. We have a team of 15 instructors across three areas. One of my daughter’s occasionally joins in too.
“The centre is open to both sexes but it’s mostly about motivating women. It’s great for mums who need an hour of me time.”
She said the work in progress began five years and the flooring and space was specifically designed for jazzercise.
Previously, jazzercise classes were hosted in various schools and community centres, but now there is a space entirely devoted to it.
“It was a step in the right direction because our business has grown. We have about 140 members and class numbers range between six to 30 people.
She said they also run classes in Camden.
“We’re the only place in South-west Sydney. We’ve been around for a long time and are probably one of the only programs that have sustained. We move with the times and it keeps us in the forefront.”