My regular Jazzercise class has been shoved into a tiny conference room for the summer. Besides the fact that it smells like an armpit halfway through class, it's far too small and the acoustics seem to magnify the infantile shrieking of some of the participants (I don't mind an occasional "whoop!" now and then but this is ambulance-style noise).
So while I wait for the return to the rec center gymnasium, I'll happily be working out to the new Jazzercise DVD. Just out, it's called Dancin' Abs by Jazzercise and it's fantastic.
The lead instructor is Jazzercise VP Shanna Missett Nelson (Judi's daughter) and she takes turns leading the workout with the energetic Young McCarthy. There are also 4 background exercisers who are Jazzercise instructors.
It's basically one workout, like nearly all Jazzercise DVDs are, but you can choose whether to do a 60-minute or 30-minute workout. Both workouts include an active warmup and cooldown. There's also a little behind-the-scenes video of the making of the DVD.
The workout is innovative in that it's designed to work your core without the traditional floorwork. There are lots of standing crunches, oblique work and core-strengthening work. But it's all done in a funky dance-oriented way. You won't realize your toning your midsection until the next day when your core will feel tightened and activated (I know mine did).
For Jazzercise class enthusiasts, you'll recognize routines done to the songs Repeat Performance, Love Will Save the Day and the reason I bought the DVD, Text Me. It is an awesomely funky routine and works the core like crazy. Plus you'll pick up some mad dance-floor skills.
Couple of important points: The workouts are modified a bit for the home workout, so you won't need a lot of floor space (it's not a "floor hog"). And like any dance aerobics workout I suggest doing it on a hard surface if possible. It really helps with the moves and can prevent knee injuries from bad twists.
The DVD is available at Jazzertogs.com (HERE) and it's $16.99 plus $5.95 shipping, which is extremely quick. I got my DVD within three days of ordering. It's also available from Collage Video for the same price.