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Jazzercise Introduces Free Fitness Classes for Young Women with GirlForce Initiative

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Leading global fitness company supports teens and college-aged women to be active and confident by offering free fun workouts


(CARLSBAD, CA—June 1, 2017)—Leading global dance fitness company, Jazzercise, Inc. has created a 2017 initiative that supports the growth and development of young women by offering free classes to girls ages 16 to 21. The program, GirlForce, aims to empower teens and college-aged women by offering them a place to get fit, learn healthy habits, and experience a positive sense of community through fun workout routines with like-minded women.

In business for almost 50 years, Jazzercise created the global GirlForce initiative to offer young girls, ages 16-21, a safe place to workout, stay active and introduce them to the healthy endorphin “high” one feels after a good sweat. The classes are free of charge, for all of 2017 and approximately 2,000 monthly participants have taken advantage of the GirlForce program so far.

Offering lively and heart-pumping choreographed workouts, the program integrates top-40 hit songs and the latest workout trends such as HIIT, also known as high intensity interval training. Teenagers are describing GirlForce as a “fun workout,” a “great time,” a “super motivating” environment, and a place that allows girls to “really let go and have fun.”

“The goal of GirlForce is for young women to build better health through fitness and boost self-esteem so they have the confidence and strength to do great things,” says CEO and Founder of Jazzercise, Inc., Judi Shepherd Missett.

Participating Jazzercise locations encourage teens and college-aged women to join the movement and learn to “dance their own path.” “As a mom of two girls, I know that young women confront unique challenges,” continues President of Jazzercise, Inc. Shanna Missett Nelson. “We know what physical activity does for us, and we hope that by offering girls a safe place to get fit, we can help them become strong women!” adds Sheppard Missett.

While Jazzercise, Inc. and its franchisees have raised over $28MM for charities over their 47 year history, this the first time the company has developed a corporate initiative. Young women who are interested in joining the GirlForce can find more information at or follow @jazzerciseinc Instagram page.

About Jazzercise

Jazzercise believes you can create a stronger, happier, healthier life through fitness. The company draws on the passion to motivate and inspire customers, instructors and employees to live healthier, fitter lives. Jazzercise develops fun

and effective fitness routines and products that enhance the well-being of people of all ages. You can learn more about Jazzercise at