Photo: Heather Coulter works hard leading the Jazzercise class at the Elburn and Countryside Community Center. Photo by Susan O’Neill
Elburn Community Center
525 N. Main St., Elburn
Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays at
5:30 p.m., and Saturdays at 8:30 a.m.
Participants can pay walk-in fee or sign up for a number of months of unlimited classes
Come to a free class on Thursday, Nov. 1 to celebrate five years in Elburn
by Susan O’Neill
ELBURN—Seven women who began taking Jazzercise at the Elburn Community Center five years ago still come to the classes.
These women, together with newer Jazzercise students, will celebrate Elburn Jazzercise’s fifth anniversary by bringing friends and acquaintances to a free class to show them why they love the classes so much.
The women take Jazzercise for a variety of reasons.
“It’s a great stress reliever,” Batavia resident Lisabeth Cummings said.
Some of the women have lost dress sizes, and some do it to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Others, such as Elburn resident Carol Williams, said they come partly for the energy and the fun they have together.
“It’s become a social thing,” she said.
Williams said that a number of the students have become good friends through the classes. They play Bunco once a month, donating each month’s winnings to the host’s favorite charity. They also take trips together, and have gone to visit former classmates who relocated to Nashville.
The students all agree on one thing: they love Heather.
Heather Coulter, Elburn Jazzercise’s instructor, has an enthusiasm that’s infectious. She has been teaching the class in Elburn since it began five years ago, on Nov. 1, 2007.
Cummings has been taking Jazzercise classes since 1984 in places such as Las Vegas, Texas, Florida and the Midwest, and also joined the East Bank Club in Chicago and worked with a personal trainer. She said Coulter is “the draw.”
“She makes the time go fast,” Cummings said. “She just has so much energy and a good sense of humor.”
Coulter uses a headset microphone to call out the moves to be heard over the music, which is a mixture of hip-hop, Latin, pop and jazz. The class’ first 40 minutes or so are spent in dance-based aerobics to the beat of the music, with Coulter occasionally yelling out, “Are you having fun?”
The answer is always a rousing “Yes!”
The exercise program switches to Pilates moves, kickboxing, core and weight training for the remainder of the hour, and ends with a slowed-down medley of stretches and Yoga postures.
A licensed physical therapist during the day, Coulter currently owns a franchise at six Jazzercise locations, including the ones in Elburn and Sugar Grove.
Franchisee-owner June Armbruster has done Jazzercise for 17 years. Four years ago she became certified and started teaching classes in Sugar Grove.
Armbruster said she teaches between five and eight classes a week, and tries to teach some of the classes at all locations. The participants range from high school students to women in their 60s and 70s.
“They’re our best spokespeople,” she said. “They bring their friends, and they talk it up at work.”