Hey, all. Welcome to the Friday Wrap Up! I have a few fun things to share this week. I had the opportunity to go to Jazzercise Live last weekend! It was held at the Palm Desert Marriott Desert Springs, which is very close to me, and I was kindly invited to attend some classes, including a taping. Details below.
You definitely want to check out the Skirts Sports Semi-Annual Sale. Details and the link are also below. And as a Legend Compression Ambassador, I’m excited to let you know about a new campaign we are running, plus a discount code. That is, you guessed it, below.
Although it’s been a few years (um, like 30), I have a couple of fond connections with Jazzercise. It was the first group exercise class that I ever attended. So you might say that Jazzercise started off what would end up being my fitness career.
It was my mom, though, who really loved Jazzercise. Through her life, she never really exercised. She was active, though, loved music and movement, so when, at about 60 years old, she discovered Jazzercise, she fell in love. She went regularly to class, became the class grandma, and she basically adored everything about it: the music, the dancing, the social aspect. Jazzercise was such a big part of her life that I even included it my Memories of Mom, my Mother’s Day tribute that I originally wrote back in 2010.
So when I was invited to the Jazzercise Live event last weekend at the Marriott in Palm Desert I jumped at the chance. Over 1,000 Jazzercise instructors and enthusiasts attended the event, which included a couple tapings for upcoming instructor videos, a variety of different classes, and an opportunity to mingle with Jazzercise founder and CEO, Judy Sheppard Misset.
I myself attended three different classes, and I’ll tell you one thing. This is not your (or my) mother’s Jazzercise! These classes were challenging, the pulse-pounding music was fresh and new, and the moves themselves have moved way beyond the grapevine. This is, as they like to say, the New Jazzercise, where offerings include, in addition to the more traditional (but still challenging) Dance Mixx, Interval, a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) class, Strike, where you can jab and kick your way to fitness, Strength, which comes in 45 or 60 minutes class options, and more. There was even a Pilates/Yoga Fusion class that I attended!
Surprisingly, even though the classes were tough, I didn’t feel like a total klutz (though any kind of shimmy is out of the question). During the taping class, which was about an hour and a half long, the moves were new to the instructors too, so I was able to keep up. By the last class, though, the 30 minute Burst class, which was marketed as the Fast and Furious version of the New Jazzercise, I wasn’t sure what was more tired, my body or my brain. I still had fun, though, and boy, did I get a great workout.
The most exciting part of the event, to me, was the opportunity to meet the founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Judi Sheppard Misset. She really was one of the founding mothers of group exercise and aerobic dance. She started it all back in 1969! And she still teaches, not only at the event, but at least once or twice a week at the Jazzercise studios in Carlsbad.
As a fitness professional my idols are women and men in the fitness industry, especially those who were instrumental in bringing fitness to the masses and making it accessible. Blogging has given me opportunities to meet many of these icons. It was my honor today to meet Judi Sheppard Missett, the founder of Jazzercise, at #jazzerciselive. 47 years after starting the #jazzercise phenomenon, she still choreographs routines and teaches classes regularly. If you’ve ever done an aerobics class, or any kind of dance exercise, you owe this woman, who started it all back in 1969. Oh, and #nofilter was needed for our pink hair. 😊
So if it’s been a while (or never) since you’ve checked out a Jazzercise class, you might want to take another look and try out the New Jazzercise.
Time to Get Ready for Prime Day
If you’re an Amazon Prime member you may already know this, but I’m here to remind you that Prime Day is on July 12! It is the second annual event, where Prime Members have the opportunity to get shopping deals that are better than any other time of the year!
This year the event will be even bigger and better! Starting on July 5, for the whole week leading up to Prime Day, Amazon will offer a selection of unique Prime exclusive deals, videos, and music. Prime members will receive daily emails informing them of the biggest deals that day.
Skirt Sports Summer Sale
Don’t you just love end of season sales? Especially when they are for products that you love, like Skirt Sports. Skirt Sports is clearing out their closet to make room for new fall fashion! You can save 30%-40% off summer styles and even more off of previous seasons’ fashions. Sorry, discount codes don’t work on this sale. Now get shopping!
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This Week #OntheBlog
I am pretty proud of this Zu-chini Alfredo recipe. It’s vegan, of course, and it’s also gluten-free. I used Bob’s Red Mill Protein and Fiber Nutritional Booster to give it a, well, boost of protein. The protein powder is unflavored and adds 20 grams of plant-based protein to the recipe.
On Wednesday I was excited to share that I was going to become certified as a level two Fascial Stretch Therapist (I got my level one last September). If you’re a runner, you might be interested in how Fascial Stretch Therapy can improve your running (or swimming, cycling, golfing…well, you get the picture).
This Week on Media Fitness Coach
We’re talking about how to get more blog readers. If you’ve just started a blog, sometimes it might feel like you’re talking into the wind or maybe just to your mom. Here are 22 Tips to Get More Blog Readers.
Favorites of the Week
Here are a few of my favorite blog posts from last week.
Looking for the perfect plant-based 4th of July treat? Check out this Red, White, and Blue Watermelon Cake from Abbey’s Kitchen!
I think that most of us have a Pinterest board specifically for online workouts. There are so many to choose from: High-Intensity HIIT workouts, ab workouts, glute workouts, running workouts, just about any type of workout you can think of. But, all workouts are not great for all bodies or levels of fitness and this post from Tamara will help you Customize Online Workouts to Make them Work for You.
Most of us have a limited time to work out. We squeeze in workouts when we can between family, work, and life commitments. If you’re a runner, if you’re like me, you frequently want to spend that limited time running. Here are Seven 5-Minute Workouts to Add After Your Run from Laura. With choices from core work to strides you can choose one or more of these quick effective workouts that will help improve your strength, speed, and protect you from injury.
This week is a wrap! We’re heading to Huntington Beach for the holiday to spend some time with our twin grandsons. Huntington really does it up right for the 4th of July, so we’ll be running the Surf City 5k (with one of our grandsons) and enjoying the Independence Day Parade, not to mention a little socializing with friends after the parade.
What are your holiday plans?
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My weekly linkups! Please stop by and check out all of the great recipes, workouts, and information that all these awesome bloggers share every week!
Sunday Blog Hop with Jenn
Meatless Monday with Sarah and Deborah
Meatless Monday with Annmarie
Inspire Me Monday with Janice
Weekend Snapshots with Erin
Anything Goes with Marilyn
Wild Workout Wednesday with Annmarie, Michelle, Sarah, and Angelena Marie
The Plant-Based Potluck Party with Deborah
The Running Coaches’ Corner with Rachel, Suz, Lora Marie, and Me!
Giveaway Roundup and Try Out Thursdays with Smitha
The Blogger’s Pit Stop with Kathleen
Friday Fitness with Jill
Healthy Vegan Fridays with Mary Ellen