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How to become a jazzercise instructor

When Emily Jones took her first Jazzercise class in March 2018, all she could think of was the ’80s, Jane Fonda and leg warmers. Instead, she found a community that inspired her to move more, lose weight and even start leading classes herself.

“I was kind of apprehensive, because with the history of Jazzercise, you tend to think of leg warmers, and I wasn’t sure I wanted to do that,” Jones, 27, said. “I had a friend just on me. She was like, ‘Please come, you’re going to love it.'”

What finally convinced Jones to attend was the free child care that the fitness class offered. That one class was enough to sell her on the program.

“I was sold. I’ve taken group (fitness) classes before but this was like cheerleading,” Jones said. “There was no ‘Harder, harder, you’re not doing enough.’ It was like ‘Oh my, God. You’re so great, look at your body go!’ And I was like ‘Yes.’ That was all day one. I walked in and I was like yeah, this is it, I love it. . I just wanted to be part of it from day one.”

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Jones said that she attended classes from March to September, and continued to love the inclusive, community atmosphere that encouraged her to do her best each day. In September 2018, she began training to become an instructor with the program. To date, she has lost 90 pounds with Jazzercise — as a participant and as an instructor, but the other benefits of the program meant more to her.

“My emotional well-being was so important, as well as my physical well-being,” Jones said. “Physically, yes, you want to be in good physical condition, but it was so much more like finding yourself and finding confidence . Realizing that I needed so much more emotional fulfillment really just made the weight loss so secondary.”

Jones said that as an instructor, she learned to “love (herself) and love (her) customers,” and said that she had “the lightbulb moment” when she realized that she could impact people the way her first instructors had impacted her.

“When I helped someone feel better about themselves, I was like ‘Yeah, I want to be on this side of it, making someone else feel good,'” she said.

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When the pandemic hit, Jones said that she transitioned to teaching online classes.

“I’ve gotten to know my customers in such a different way,” she said. “I teach at 6:00 a.m. No one has to get up. No one has to roll over and take a live class at 6:00 a.m., but they do. They’re like, ‘We want to get up, we want to start our day doing this.'”

Jones said that she’s gotten used to the online streaming, but is excited to return to in-person classes when it’s safe to do so and reunite with other Jazzercise customers and practitioners.

“It’s so fulfilling. We’re not clique-y and ‘all about me,’ but it’s just genuinely our own little family (at our location),” Jones said. “I’ve taught a woman in her 80s, and she’s brought me cookies and held my children. . It’s very, very special to have a group of women come together like that on a regular basis.”

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Get off the floor – and onto the stage

Do you want to share your passion with others? Become a fitness instructor! Jazzercise offers you the opportunity to own your own business while staying fit and enhancing the lives of others through exercise and dance. Take it. Love it. Teach it.

Owner Instructor

An Owner Instructor owns and teaches classes. Many Owner Instructors also hire Substitute Instructors to teach classes. Owner Instructors are certified to teach all class formats, or they are certified to teach only Jazzercise Lite or Junior Jazzercise.

Substitute Instructor

A Substitute Instructor may teach all formats. A Substitute Instructor may also be certified to teach only Junior Jazzercise or Jazzercise Lite. A Substitute Instructor teaches class for an Owner Instructor or business franchisee. Substitute Instructors may be considered floating or associate: Floating Substitutes work on an “as needed” basis for many different class owners, and do not own classes; Associate Substitutes work on a regular basis for one class owner and do not own classes.

Jazzercise Lite and Junior Jazzercise Instructors

An instructor who chooses to teach Only Jazzercise Lite or Junior Jazzercise may not teach any other format. This certification requires training specific to these formats. An addendum is attached to the instructor’s franchise agreement restricting the class format they may teach. Jazzercise Lite Instructors and Junior Jazzercise Instructors can choose to be either an Owner Instructor or a Substitute Instructor.

Standard for Industry Training

In the process to become a fitness instructor, a Jazzercise Instructor applicant is trained and must be certified before becoming a franchisee. (Every certified instructor holds a franchise.) The certification program, conducted worldwide through many regularly scheduled two to three-day workshops, is comprehensive and requires substantial advance preparation. Instructor training curriculum and course materials are consistent with the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Basic Standards and Guidelines.

Health and Fitness

Pre-workshop study of basic anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, body composition, dance technique, injury prevention, exercise leadership, and Jazzercise teaching technique prepares trainees for a 100-question written exam.

Performance

Trainees must learn several Jazzercise routines, some of which must be presented during a practical exam.

Trainees must obtain a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate (before attending a workshop) and are required to maintain the certification once they become a franchisee.

Corporate Support

Once franchised, instructors are far from alone in their Jazzercise business. Each instructor receives a wide variety of services from Jazzercise, Inc.

Choreography

Every 10 weeks, instructors receive a DVD of approximately 28 new and innovative routines choreographed by Jazzercise founder and professional dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. These routines are pre-approved by a health and fitness specialist to ensure the safest and most effective workout. Free from the time-consuming responsibility of creating choreography week after week, instructors can focus their attention on operating a fun and challenging business.

Business Center

Instructors can search the franchisor website for choreography notes in Jazzercise Routines Database. This database features specially programmed elements to help franchisees put together class sets.

Franchise Zone

A resource center that houses business tools and information used by all franchisees to promote their businesses. Jazzercise franchisees may access the Franchise Zone by logging in online from jazzercise.com.

District Managers

Instructors receive business and instruction guidance from franchisor district managers and corporate staff.

(800)FIT-IS-IT

The toll-free (800)FIT-IS-IT line is answered by customer service representatives who offer worldwide class information to customers, process business item orders from instructors, and take apparel orders from customers.

jazzercise.com

A Jazzercise Class Locator System (JCLS) Web page listing is provided to every class owner to market their classes.

Class Formats

Jazzercise offers a variety of class formats to appeal to customers of all ages and fitness levels, which allows instructors to target specific markets.

Marketing

Jazzercise Inc. has marketing expertise and materials available, including print advertisement templates, nationally coordinated cross-promotions, and TV and radio spots, to name a few.

Public Relations

Judi Sheppard Missett and Shanna Missett Nelson regularly travel throughout the U.S. and internationally to fitness conventions, speaking engagements, and media interviews to promote Jazzercise.

Education

A continuous flow of timely information on health/physiology, marketing, public relations, teaching techniques, and accounting methods is supplied through a franchisee hotline, regional conventions, and local district meetings.

Community Service

Instructors are encouraged to participate in community service opportunities, including Jazzercise’s Kids Get Fit program for local schools and Jazzercise sponsored benefit classes to raise money for charities of choice.

Conventions

Jazzercise hosts exciting fitness conventions for instructors and their customers in U.S. and international locations.

Instructor & Class Owner Franchise Costs

As a newly franchised instructor, you will teach your first class for an investment as low as $2,980 using public facilities rented by the hour, or approximately $9,190 to $38,400 if you lease a commercial site and open a Jazzercise Fitness Center.

By: Gregg Elliott

Published: 23 January, 2018

If you want to get your cardio in through an upbeat, fast-paced dance class, you can choose from Jazzercise or Zumba, among others. Although many types of aerobic exercise incorporate elements of dance, Jazzercise is one of the oldest; it takes moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing and resistance training.

Zumba has spread worldwide since its founding in 1999. Both are group classes that use elements of dance but are specifically geared toward the exerciser, including many who are trying to lose weight. As its name suggests, Jazzercise grew out of the jazz dance tradition for its routines, whereas Zumba was born out of Latin music and dance.

Both types of classes offer a wide variety of workouts. Jazzercise includes Jazzercise for kids, low-impact, toning, weight training, and step. Zumba offers six different types of instruction, including classes for seniors, kids, toning and Aqua Zumba in the water.

Zumba Compared to Jazzercise

Differences in Choreography

Jazzercise instructors receive fitness-approved choreography (in the form of a DVD) every 10 weeks. They then teach these routines, which can be memorized over time. The routines are built on basic jazz dance or exercise steps, shown on their website. Once you know these, you can master any Jazzercise routine.

Zumba, on the other hand, is much more informal—the tagline is “Ditch the workout, join the party!” Every class includes Latin dance steps, mostly salsa and merengue inspired. Instructors create their own routines, which may or may not be consistent from one class to the next. Often the choreography goes with the music, but individual instructors will usually vary their music during each class.

Music Choices

Both Jazzercise and Zumba draw on a wide variety of music genres to accompany their routines. Jazzercise generally has a more jazz or pop influence, but may include ballads, country, and hip hop.

Zumba is definitely Latin-influenced, incorporating elements of merengue, salsa and reggaeton in most classes. In both classes, the individual tastes of the instructor will dictate the particular mix of songs and music types.

Instructor Certification

Jazzercise instructors must pass a rigorous training over two to three days. Every certified instructor holds a franchise, but substitute instructors may also be trained to work for franchisees. Training includes information on health and fitness and CPR, as well as the jazzercise routines.

Zumba certification can be accomplished in one day by attending one of the many regularly scheduled trainings held around the world each month. You need to be enthusiastic, coordinated, creative and outgoing to pass. Zumba instructors can give classes in any venue with appropriate facilities.

Instructor Franchise

Get off the floor – and onto the stage

Do you want to share your passion with others? Become a fitness instructor! Jazzercise offers you the opportunity to own your own business while staying fit and enhancing the lives of others through exercise and dance. Take it. Love it. Teach it.

Owner Instructor

An Owner Instructor owns and teaches classes. Many Owner Instructors also hire Substitute Instructors to teach classes. Owner Instructors are certified to teach all class formats, or they are certified to teach only Jazzercise Lite or Junior Jazzercise.

Substitute Instructor

A Substitute Instructor may teach all formats. A Substitute Instructor may also be certified to teach only Junior Jazzercise or Jazzercise Lite. A Substitute Instructor teaches class for an Owner Instructor or business franchisee. Substitute Instructors may be considered floating or associate: Floating Substitutes work on an “as needed” basis for many different class owners, and do not own classes; Associate Substitutes work on a regular basis for one class owner and do not own classes.

Jazzercise Lite and Junior Jazzercise Instructors

An instructor who chooses to teach Only Jazzercise Lite or Junior Jazzercise may not teach any other format. This certification requires training specific to these formats. An addendum is attached to the instructor’s franchise agreement restricting the class format they may teach. Jazzercise Lite Instructors and Junior Jazzercise Instructors can choose to be either an Owner Instructor or a Substitute Instructor.

Standard for Industry Training

In the process to become a fitness instructor, a Jazzercise Instructor applicant is trained and must be certified before becoming a franchisee. (Every certified instructor holds a franchise.) The certification program, conducted worldwide through many regularly scheduled two to three-day workshops, is comprehensive and requires substantial advance preparation. Instructor training curriculum and course materials are consistent with the AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) Basic Standards and Guidelines.

Health and Fitness

Pre-workshop study of basic anatomy, exercise physiology, nutrition, body composition, dance technique, injury prevention, exercise leadership, and Jazzercise teaching technique prepares trainees for a 100-question written exam.

Performance

Trainees must learn several Jazzercise routines, some of which must be presented during a practical exam.

Trainees must obtain a cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certificate (before attending a workshop) and are required to maintain the certification once they become a franchisee.

Corporate Support

Once franchised, instructors are far from alone in their Jazzercise business. Each instructor receives a wide variety of services from Jazzercise, Inc.

Choreography

Every 10 weeks, instructors receive a DVD of approximately 28 new and innovative routines choreographed by Jazzercise founder and professional dancer Judi Sheppard Missett. These routines are pre-approved by a health and fitness specialist to ensure the safest and most effective workout. Free from the time-consuming responsibility of creating choreography week after week, instructors can focus their attention on operating a fun and challenging business.

Business Center

Instructors can search the franchisor website for choreography notes in Jazzercise Routines Database. This database features specially programmed elements to help franchisees put together class sets.

Franchise Zone

A resource center that houses business tools and information used by all franchisees to promote their businesses. Jazzercise franchisees may access the Franchise Zone by logging in online from jazzercise.com.

District Managers

Instructors receive business and instruction guidance from franchisor district managers and corporate staff.

(800)FIT-IS-IT

The toll-free (800)FIT-IS-IT line is answered by customer service representatives who offer worldwide class information to customers, process business item orders from instructors, and take apparel orders from customers.

jazzercise.com

A Jazzercise Class Locator System (JCLS) Web page listing is provided to every class owner to market their classes.

Class Formats

Jazzercise offers a variety of class formats to appeal to customers of all ages and fitness levels, which allows instructors to target specific markets.

Marketing

Jazzercise Inc. has marketing expertise and materials available, including print advertisement templates, nationally coordinated cross-promotions, and TV and radio spots, to name a few.

Public Relations

Judi Sheppard Missett and Shanna Missett Nelson regularly travel throughout the U.S. and internationally to fitness conventions, speaking engagements, and media interviews to promote Jazzercise.

Education

A continuous flow of timely information on health/physiology, marketing, public relations, teaching techniques, and accounting methods is supplied through a franchisee hotline, regional conventions, and local district meetings.

Community Service

Instructors are encouraged to participate in community service opportunities, including Jazzercise’s Kids Get Fit program for local schools and Jazzercise sponsored benefit classes to raise money for charities of choice.

Conventions

Jazzercise hosts exciting fitness conventions for instructors and their customers in U.S. and international locations.

Instructor & Class Owner Franchise Costs

As a newly franchised instructor, you will teach your first class for an investment as low as $2,980 using public facilities rented by the hour, or approximately $9,190 to $38,400 if you lease a commercial site and open a Jazzercise Fitness Center.

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Why We Love It

Aerobics instructors teach classes to groups of individuals who are interested in losing weight or improving/maintaining their cardiovascular health. They may teach a variety of classes, such as swimming or dancing, and they commonly teach multiple levels of courses for beginners up to experts.

What is an Aerobics Instructor?

The following job responsibilities are common for individuals in aerobics instructor roles:

  • Teach aerobics classes to individuals at different skills levels
  • Choreograph routines using signature moves and placements, or use moves from directed styles
  • Perform routines so that students can follow the instructor’s lead during classes
  • Observe students during routines to offer advice or guidance on improvement
  • Perform other responsibilities like signing up new members, marketing classes, or offering personal training sessions

A Day in the Life

Aerobics instructors teach classes that are designed to help individuals lose weight, maintain weight, or improve/sustain cardiovascular health. Aerobics instructors may specialize in teaching a specific type of class—such as Jazzercise, spinning, swimming, or Zumba—or they may teach a variety of different types of classes over the course of a week or month. Typically, aerobics instructors teach multiple levels of courses to cater to individuals at different stages, such as beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels.

During class, the aerobics instructor usually performs the routine along with the students so that students can watch the instructor to learn what moves to do and how to do them correctly. While performing the routine, the instructor must also observe the class and talk to them, offering advice, motivation, and direction. The instructor makes sure that exercises are being performed correctly so that students avoid injury, and gives guidance on how to move during exercises to avoid strains.

Depending on their employer, the aerobics instructor may also have responsibilities outside of teaching classes. Aerobics instructors who own their own studios need to perform general tasks related to running a business and marketing to attract new clients. For aerobics instructors who work in gyms, they may have responsibilities for working at a front desk, signing up new gym members, and providing tours of the facility. Additionally, some aerobics instructors may offer private instruction to individual clients.

Typical Work Schedule

Aerobics instructors may work either part-time or full-time schedules, and they commonly work during first shift, second shift, and on weekends when gyms and studios are the busiest.

Projected Job Growth

Demand for aerobics instructors is expected to increase in the coming decade as more employers recognize the importance of physical health in overall wellbeing, offering paid gym memberships and other incentives to employees for participating in exercise programs.

Typical Employers

Aerobics instructors are commonly employed by gyms and other fitness centers. Some may also be self-employed and own their own studios, or may teach classes for other studio owners on a freelance basis.

How To Become an Aerobics Instructor

There are a couple of paths you can take to become an aerobics instructor. The first is to earn an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in exercise science, kinesiology, or physical education. In these programs, you’ll learn about the importance of physical health, how to exercise without injury, and how to teach fitness to individuals with different needs—such as children or seniors. These degrees will qualify you to teach general aerobics classes and work as a personal trainer in a gym or fitness center.

If you intend to operate your own studio, college coursework in business or marketing can be beneficial as well. Studio owners will need to be educated on tax topics, legal concerns and regulations, and hiring practices, so courses in business administration can be useful. Additionally, courses in marketing can help you promote your studio in the community and draw in new clients to fill your classes.

Aerobics Instructor Salary Data

We’ve provided you the following to learn more about this career. The salary and growth data on this page comes from recently published Bureau of Labor Statistics data while the recommendations and editorial content are based on our research.

How to become a jazzercise instructor

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Getting in shape with a friend is fun and makes it easier to achieve your goals. So how about exercising with your significant other? In February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, give it a try. Exercising together allows you to be accountable to each other as you embark on your fitness goals. You’ll help each other make sensible food choices and you will learn how much your sweetheart enjoys your company when given the opportunity.

(From the Jazzercise Fitness article,Fitness for Two: Healthy Fun with Your Valentine.” )

I’ll be in Las Vegas next weekend for a mini vacation. You’ll be in the capable hands with Stephanie Lemay on Saturday, so please come and support her as we welcome her back for the month of February!

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Kevin Taylor, Owner
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Rimrock Plaza Shopping Center
4781-F East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.320.1933 [email protected]

PUSH YOUR BODY. FIND YOUR BEAT.

How to become a jazzercise instructor

article with you.

Getting in shape with a friend is fun and makes it easier to achieve your goals. So how about exercising with your significant other? In February, in honor of Valentine’s Day, give it a try. Exercising together allows you to be accountable to each other as you embark on your fitness goals. You’ll help each other make sensible food choices and you will learn how much your sweetheart enjoys your company when given the opportunity.

(From the Jazzercise Fitness article,Fitness for Two: Healthy Fun with Your Valentine.” )

I’ll be in Las Vegas next weekend for a mini vacation. You’ll be in the capable hands with Stephanie Lemay on Saturday, so please come and support her as we welcome her back for the month of February!

CLUB JAZZERCISE UPDATE

JAZZERCISE T-SHIRTS FOR SALE

MEMBER NEWS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Have a great week!

Kevin Taylor, Owner
Jazzercise Palm Springs Fitness Center
Rimrock Plaza Shopping Center
4781-F East Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92264
760.320.1933 [email protected]

PUSH YOUR BODY. FIND YOUR BEAT.