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Jazzercise College Area Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out Jazzercise College Area (in La Mesa, right near SDSU). If you’re like most people, you probably hear the word “jazzercise” and think of women wearing leg warmers and leotards. The bad news is, you won’t get to wear that leotard you’ve been holding onto, but the good news? It’s nothing like you think it is, and it’s everything you hope it would be.

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This studio is conveniently located right near SDSU (at 6360 El Cajon Blvd), so it wasn’t a surprise to me when I saw a couple of college students at the class I attended. One girl even brought her boyfriend, who felt awkward and laughed a lot in the beginning, but after a few songs, he was winded and running to grab his water bottle.

Like most studio classes I’ve attended (including barre, spinning and yoga), the class was comprised of women and men of all ages – college students, as I’ve mentioned, as well as individuals in their 50s and 60s.

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When I walked in, the instructor, Allison, was waiting at the front desk to check people in. She was very friendly and explained the class to me and also helped me pick out weights (I went with 5-pound dumbbells) and a mat. I put that stuff off to the side until we got to that portion of the class.

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Each class is about 55-60 minutes long, with a brief warmup, 35 minutes of cardio, and about 25 minutes of weight training/ab work. I’ve never attended zumba, but I imagine the cardio portion is similar to that. We danced our way through several songs, and the energy in the room was infectious. You could tell that Allison really loved teaching the class, and that the people attending really loved the workout – everyone would clap, sing out loud and get really into just having fun and letting go throughout all of our dance moves.

After completing this portion of the class, we grabbed our weights and a mat, and used the weights for some arm strength training, and then used the mat to do some ab work and leg/glute work. The leg/glute portion was similar to what we do in barre, and was definitely a challenge after dancing for 35 minutes. To wrap up class, we stretched it out, using various moves from yoga.

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After class, Allison checked in with me and some of the other new attendees to see how we liked it. I love when the instructor seems to genuinely care that you’ve had a positive experience, so this was definitely one more thing that I liked about this studio.

Now that class is over, would I attend another one at this location? Absolutely. It was an energizing way to start my Sunday, and I had so much fun getting in a great workout. This is definitely the most fun I’ve had working out in a long time.

If you’re in the San Diego area, I recommend stopping by Jazzercise College Area to get in a fun and challenging workout. You’ll have a great time, leave in a better mood and feeling more energized, and you’ll definitely want to come back.


Have you ever tried Jazzercise? What’s one workout that you’ve never done but you’ve been dying to try out?

14 thoughts on “Jazzercise College Area Review

    1. It’s no problem Leah – class was so much fun! You’ve got a great thing going on at your studio, and it was my pleasure to share it.


  1. I’ve never tried Jazzercise but it sounds like a lot of fun! I like how it incorporates both cardio and weight training/ab work. Sounds like you have a great instructor as it is always cool when they check in with you.


    1. It might be something worth looking into, Sharon, if you’re hoping to try something new! I love that it involved a fun cardio portion, and then weights, and the instructor was awesome!


  2. Darn! I still have a couple leotards from my high school gymnast days, so I totally would’ve worn them to that, haha. ;P

    It sounds like a lot of fun though, and hooray for instructors who actually care!!


  3. Sounds like a fun class and that you get a really great workout. It is nice that it includes strength training! So nice that the instructor genuinely cares about their students!


    1. Yes, Sherry, it was such a fun class! I agree – I love when the instructor genuinely cares about their students. I’ve had experiences at studios that were the opposite and needless to say, I never returned!


  4. Invest in your personal happiness and health and join Jazzercise.
    Every center is consistently fun, yet serious in providing a great workout. Jazzercise instructors are awesome! They go through rigorous training and always remain dedicated to their clients well being.
    The College Area Center is one of the best in San Diego. Leah and the instructors truly care and Allie, who assisted the writer of this story, is dedicated and inspired; as are all the instructors.
    I am rewarded every time I dance with my friends at Jazzercise. It really is for everyone!


    1. Thank you for the feedback, JazzrChris! I’m glad that you’ve had an opportunity to experience this studio for yourself; the instructors/staff are so helpful and friendly, and all of them seem incredibly dedicated to the studio’s clients.


    1. Hey Jennifer, I just googled “Jazzercise DC” and a few results popped up! If you try it out, let me know what you think. I bet your mom would probably love it – it’s such a fun way to get a workout in!


  5. That’s my work-out place of choice! I’m not always super coordinated but I’ve found that I can catch on to new moves pretty well now!
    I love the instructors here! They’re really great about explaining the moves, telling you what particular muscles we’re working, and correcting poor form without making it obvious who they’re talking about


    1. Thank you for your comment, Char! I’m happy to hear that you’ve had an opportunity to try out this studio first-hand and see for yourself how wonderful the instructors/staff are. I agree about your last sentence – they were great at correcting poor form without targeting anyone in particular.


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