Jazzercise Fitness Center in Belen offers workouts for everyone
Getting healthy and in shape doesn’t have to be an agonizing ordeal.
In fact, it can be a heck of a good time at Belen’s new Jazzercise Fitness Center, which incorporates jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and Latin-style movement into a 60-minute class that will leave you feeling, well, jazzed.
The Center, which is owned by Rosa Armijo-Pemble, provides 19 weekly classes at a variety of times, making it easy to find a class that works with your personal schedule.
It also offers Junior Jazzercise classes twice a week that are designed especially for youth ages 3-years old to teen, as well as step, circuit training, body sculpting and express classes that are tailored to achieve different work-out goals.
While each workout class blends dance and muscle toning movements choreographed to hot new music, Jazzercise Step moves incorporate step aerobics, circuit training combine aerobics with strength and resistance training that uses props such as tubes and balls.
Body sculpting classes deliver as total muscle toning experience that melds strength training and stretching, while the express class brings a 30-minute workout featuring a streamline fusion of strength training and cardio conditioning.
The junior class was created to help kids develop strong exercise habits, teaching coordination, strength, endurance and good nutrition practices.
Jazzercise was invented in 1969 by Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide exercise program. Today, there are 7,800 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes in 32 countries, according to the Center’s press release.
Rosa Armijo, the owner of the Belen Jazzercise Center, says the Center is unique and cutting edge, supplying the latest music and moves in their classes.
“It’s not your grandmother’s exercise class,” Armijo said, adding that classes are for people of all ages and that there are women in their 60s in the class jazzercising with the best of them.
She said women who have taken the class have lost between 10 and 178 pounds, and members have seen lowered blood pressure and have sometimes been able to cut back on their medications.
“I love teaching and watching these ladies get fit,” said Armijo, who has been teaching for nine years.
Besides Armijo, there are two other instructors, Lesli Vallejos, who has been teaching for six years, and Bethany Gonzales, who has taught for five years, and Tanya Moya, who is in training to become an instructor.
To make it even more convenient for mothers to get fit, the Center offers a play area and babysitter for little ones at 9 a.m., Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays.
The instructors agree that the Center operates like a big happy family.
“Any stranger can come in and feel that way,” says Armijo.
The Center, located at 621 N. Main St. in Belen, offers a $3 trial class and a $30 unlimited punch card good for a month.
For information, call Armijo at 505-250-2982, or email her at JazzerciseBelen@aol.com.
Contact Ungelbah Daniel-Davila