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Newton County resident opens local Jazzercise business

Lindsey Moore is opening a Jazzercise business in Newton County at 10704 ByPass Road, at the intersection of Hwy. 36, and invites the community to two free demo classes on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. and March 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Lindsey Moore is opening a Jazzercise business in Newton County at 10704 ByPass Road, at the intersection of Hwy. 36, and invites the community to two free demo classes on March 25 at 9:30 a.m. and March 26 at 6:30 p.m.

A Jazzercise devotee since childhood, Lindsey Moore is ready to make the exercise program her full time job.

Moore, a Covington resident for six years, will open a Jazzercise franchise in Newton County at 10704 ByPass Road, at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36, in April and invites the community to two free demo classes at 9:30 a.m. March 25 and at 6:30 p.m. March 26. The business is slated to open April 1 and will offer classes Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30.

Originally established in California in 1969, Jazzercise is an exercise dance program that incorporates jazz dancing with Pilates, kickboxing, yoga and resistance training, said Moore. All of the moves are choreographed and based on exercise science, she said.

"We put together classes strategically so that we're targeting every major muscle group and getting the most out of every class," Moore said.

One of the primary aspects of Jazzercise that sets it apart from other exercise programs is the instructor knowledge.

"A lot of exercise fads come and go, and I think one of the things that (makes us stand out) is quality control," Moore said. "We make sure that all of our instructors are properly trained, and following the Aerobic and Fitness Association of America guidelines."

"Our instructors go through ongoing and very rigorous training initially to get certified. It's a constant learning process for us."

A native of Minnesota, Moore said she grew up doing Jazzercise because her mother, Colleen Hestad, worked as an instructor and continues to lead classes after 17 years in the business.

"She is the one who encouraged me to get certified," said Moore, who earned her Jazzercise certification in 2004 and worked as a substitute instructor for several years. "I decided it was time for me to open my own (Jazzercise franchise). It's what I love."

Moore, who described herself as "never the type of person that could just run on a treadmill," said the hour-long dance class uses current Top 40 hits to get people moving, and the class appeals to those from 18 to 80.

"One of the great things about Jazzercise is that there are so many shapes and sizes and ages," said Moore, who added that she teaches both low impact and high impact techniques for every class. "Most people come here with the initial goal of losing weight but they stay because it's fun and one of the best ways to get healthy."

Moore said the only equipment used for the program are some hand weights and an exercise mat, and that people shouldn't be intimidated by the dance moves.

"We don't have mirrors. We're a judgement-free zone," Moore said.

To learn more, visit www.jazzercise.com, or call 678-609-3054, or visit Jazzercise Covington on Facebook.