Jazz up your exercise routine with some actual jazz.
Jazz up your exercise routine with some actual jazz. Jazzercise, Inc.
You may know the term Jazzercise only as a punchline, but it's much more than just a clever portmanteau. More than 40 years ago, Judi Sheppard Missett parlayed her love of jazz dance into an exercise program — and, as of its 40th anniversary, a nearly $100 million fitness empire.
Of course, if you've actually Jazzercised recently, you may have noticed that there isn't much in the way of actual jazz in it. In a compensatory effort, we've stuffed this playlist full of as many jazz musicians as possible. Here's our five-song reimagining of one of Missett's total body workouts, set to some of the most thigh-toning sounds ever produced by large jazz orchestras.