The 75-year-old founder of Jazzercise reveals what led to the idea for the dance program in 1969 – and her best dietary tricks after giving fitness for 50 YEARS
- Judi Sheppard Missett, founder of Jazzercise, celebrates 50 years of teaching
- She started giving jazz dance, but students found the lessons too difficult
- When she adjusted it and made it simpler and more positive, people loved it
- 2,000 international lessons that are still being given around the world, including in Australia
- Judi also shares her best diet tips and her best strategies for losing weight
The founder of the iconic global workout Jazzercise has revealed what gave her the idea for the franchise 50 years ago – and some of the best health and fitness tips she swears by.
Former dance teacher Judi Sheppard Missett, 75, from California, said she never intended to give fitness, but found that women struggled with her dance classes and did not return.
& # 39; When I asked them what the problem was, they said they didn't want to become professional dancers, they just wanted to look like this & # 39 ;, she said The morning show.
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Judi Sheppard Missett (photo on the photo) celebrates 50 years of teaching in the fun fitness training known as Jazzercise
Jazzercise was all the rage in the & # 39; 70 and & # 39; 80 with women everywhere quickly putting on lycra and tights to get fit (left, instructor Anne Grossman and right, instructor Karen Shaffer in 1989)
What is Jazzercise?
Jazzercise is a & # 39; dance party workout & # 39; that combines dance with Pilates, yoga, kickboxing and strength training.
Jazzercise is now in its fifth decade and has contributed to the revolution in boutique fitness, one of the fastest growing segments of the sports industry today.
There are 8,500 Jazzercise franchises in 25 countries. Together they hold approximately 32,000 lessons per week, worldwide.
Their worldwide cumulative revenue is $ 2 billion, according to the company. And their C suite consists of all women
Missett & # 39; s daughter Shanna – who grew up in the studio with her mother – is the president. But Missett is just as involved as ever. She still gives three lessons a week and still gives shape to the movements.
She said this led her to make some changes, such as turning students away from the mirror and building less complicated routines.
Within weeks of offering her newer classes, she knew she was doing something great, because within a few weeks she was teaching 60 people.
The tripping over the name, something that is now as well known as the routines, was also something of a happy accident, she remembered.
Judi revolutionized the way people worked by combining elements of jazz dance with movement and injecting a healthy dose of positivity
Initially, Judi named her lessons & # 39; Dance for Fun and Fitness & # 39; until a student & # 39; jazzercise & # 39; suggested – a name that captured the jazz dance aspect of the training and practice elements.
& # 39; I thought & # 39; wow, great idea & # 39; and I immediately registered that name and protected it by copyright, and thank goodness I did, & # 39; she said.
Five decades on Jazzercise is just as popular as ever with over 2,000 lessons still being given internationally, including 220 a week in Australia.
Five decades later and Judi still gives active lessons to loyal fans and constantly choreographs new routines
What are Judi's best tips for reducing belly fat through dieting?
Judi is not only known for her revolutionary training routines, but is also an expert in the field of nutrition and health. Here she reveals her top tips for reducing belly fat:
Eat a protein snack between 3 and 4 pm: This increases metabolism and brings blood sugar levels into balance. The lower your blood sugar, the less fat you store around your center.
Women of normal weight more often reflect the eating habits of a thin woman: If you are in a restaurant, order first and select a healthy option. You stay on the right track and can inspire your companions.
Stress produces extra cortisol: This hormone stimulates the body to store fat – especially in the abdominal area. Reduce stress in your life by taking a yoga or fitness class.
Slow down and enjoy food: Meals that last at least 30 minutes are more satisfying and you will probably eat less.
Digestion starts in the mouth: Proper chewing means that food is digested better, which leads to less gas and a bloated feeling.
Notice how you feel when you eat: Ask yourself: do I feel gaseous? Am I already overcrowded after a few bites of certain foods? Does my stomach make noises or does it feel swollen after specific meals?
And although Judi is CEO of the company, she is still as active as ever, giving lessons and constantly choreographing new routines.
Judi & # 39; s business advice is to be guided by your passion
She said that part of her secret to success is that she has discovered that it was possible to build a business based on something she liked.
& # 39; I think one of the keys to that is always focused on excellence and the integrity of what you do and that good people do it with you, & # 39; she said.
She added that it has also helped to surround yourself with others who will lift your & # 39; and a positive influence.
Her business advice to others is simple: discover what you love and follow your passion – a belief she said & # 39; makes it easy to work hard and achieve things & # 39;
& # 39; If you are passionate about what you do, you love what you do and then you can do what you enjoy every day.
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