Young women ages 16 to 21 are invited to take exercise classes at Jazzercise in Eagle River at no charge for all of 2017.
Dubbed “GirlForce,” it is part of an international movement sponsored by Jazzercise in an effort to give young women a safe, non-judgmental place to exercise no matter what their starting fitness level may be.
“It is a service to girls in our community,” Louisa Martin said. She is the marketing manager for the Eagle River Jazzercise studio owned by Nina Perino. “This is a place where young women can come no matter what size they are and no matter where they are in their health security. They can come here and feel comfortable, be themselves, dance to current music and be accepted for who they are while having a really good time.”
The local offering already has the attention of four local young women – Kelsey Metcalf, Edyn Perino, Naomi Shaw and Tekla Shaw.
“I just think it is a really fun experience because of the dancing and everyone having a good time. It’s just really a good atmosphere. I like that it incorporates strength training and is just a fun workout,” Kelsey Metcalf said. “I really love that it’s free for me to go for the whole year.”
Edyn Perino appreciates the fact that Jazzercise is sensitive to a young woman’s limited financial resources.
“I think it’s cool you’re letting girls work out for free. It’s hard to feel pretty in society if you’re not fit,” Edyn said. “The workouts are super fun and give you more energy than when you came in.”
Naomi Shaw likes how up-to-date the music Jazzercise uses is.
“Jazzercise is a fun and challenging workout. The music is catchy and everyone is so kind and positive,” she said.
For Tekla Shaw, the environment at Jazzercise is what keeps her coming back.
“Jazzercise is something that keeps you motivated to workout with its energetic routines and friendly team of instructors. It’s a welcoming environment for all ages,” she said.
GirlForce is the brainchild of Jazzercise CEO and Founder Judi Sheppard Missett. She attended the State of Women Summit hosted in June 2016 by then First Lady Michelle Obama and Missett said the “light bulb went off for me” in terms of creating a program to help young women with fitness goals.
The Eagle River Jazzercise hosts an open house Fri., Jan 27 from 10:30 to 4 p.m. and on Sat., Jan. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free classes, door prizes and membership specials are included, according to Martin.
The ER Jazzercise is open Monday through Saturday and any class is available for the no-charge offer, Martin said.
Learn more about GirlForce online at www.jazzercise.com/GirlForce.
Learn more about the Eagle River Jazzercise online at //jcls.jazzercise.com/facility/jazzercise-eagle-river-fitness-center or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JazzerciseEagleRiverFitnessStudio.
The Eagle River Jazzercise is located at 12110 Business Blvd in Eagle River. Phone number is 696-1253.