By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: July 2008
Melissa Rethford, instructor and franchise owner, shows equipment used in classes at Owasso Jazzercise.
Ladies, getting a good workout in Owasso just became a lot less stressful. Owasso Jazzercise now has its own location at 105 S. Main St. The move from another fitness facility in April gave Jazzercisers a new private studio with added amenities. “This is the environment our ladies wanted,” said Melissa Rethford, instructor and franchise owner. “There are no mirrors or outside viewers.”
The new studio features a wood floor, changing rooms and complimentary childcare. Melissa is amazed at the enthusiasm of the existing class members and new members since the move. “They always tell me how Jazzercise is so much fun,” she said. “They’re the fittest they have ever been. And now they have their own place to enjoy.”
These women are part of a growing legion of participants in one of the most popular fitness programs in the world. The Jazzercise that Judi Sheppard Missett founded in 1969 has expanded to 32,000 classes each week in 32 countries.
Many fitness programs and fads come and go. Melissa said that Jazzercise continues to grow in popularity because it’s fun, and it’s effective. People love the energy and music. Every routine is musically choreographed with pop, Latin, country and ballads. Music sets change five times a year so that participants don’t tire of hearing the same old songs.
The basic jazz dance moves are easy to pick up. For specific instructions and a video clip, visit the website at www.jazzercise.com. In addition to dance moves, Jazzercise classes include yoga, Pilates-based exercises and kickboxing movements. Cardiovascular training, strength training and stretching are a part of each class as well. Some routines incorporate resist-a-balls, xertubes and hand-held weights. This summer, Personal Touch, a special Pilates-based personal training program, will be added to the schedule. Each Jazzercise session lasts one hour.
The format hasn’t changed much since 13-year-old Melissa went to her first Jazzercise class with her mother. She decided then and there to become a Jazzercise instructor. Ten years later, after college and a degree in public relations, she reached her goal.
Becoming a certified Jazzercise instructor is an impressive achievement. Approximately 7,200 instructors worldwide undergo stringent accountabilities for skill and safety.
Melissa is now franchise owner of three Jazzercise facilities – Owasso Jazzercise, Sand Springs Jazzercise and Country Club Plaza Jazzercise in Tulsa. Eight of the 18 instructors she oversees teach at the Owasso studio.
Class members in Owasso range in age from junior high school to senior citizens. They all share the common goal of getting fit and having fun in a comfortable setting.
Owasso Jazzercise offers classes seven days a week. Seventeen of the classes are traditional Jazzercise format and three are step classes. Session times are 8:15 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 5:20 p.m. and 6:20 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Friday and Saturday class times are 8:15 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
Patrons have a range of options for commitment, from automatic payment each month to a walk-in day pass. Owasso Jazzercise is located at 105 S. Main St., north of the Owasso Tag Agency at the end of the complex. For more information, you can reach Melissa Rethford at (918) 851-7875.
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Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.