Givens launches a jazzy program

"Port Orchard residents looking to shake, rattle, and roll themselves into better shape have the opportunity to do so by taking a Jazzercise class from Lynn Goin, who instructs five days a week at Givens Community Center. I look at it as a community service, not one of those money-making ventures, said Goin. It's a program that has been wanted in Port Orchard for a long time.Goin took over teaching at Givens two years ago when the previous Jazzercise instructor left. She had substituted for the classes several times before, and was actually requested by 20-25 students who remembered her.The city of Port Orchard wants these classes, said Goin. I do it because I love it.Lynn Goin has been involved with Jazzercise for more than 12 years. She describes the 32-year-old program as a fitness program that offers cardiovascular fitness along with muscle toning and strength training.It's more than just an exercise class, she said. All the movements are choreographed to music, and there's lots of energy.Goin's classes consist of a five minute warm up, 25-35 minutes of cardio aerobic training (where she faces the class during dance routines), a cool down, a few large muscle routines, and a stretching segment at the end.I was needing to lose weight after my second child, said Goin of her reasons for starting Jazzercise. It was so motivation and so fun! I lost my weight and just kept going.Other benefits from Jazzercise include body toning, muscle and resistance training, cardio workout, community involvement, camaraderie, fun, and making new friends.I know it's a program that appeals to a lot of women, said Goin, who has a client-base of about 75-100 students with 25-35 students in each class. I have students who are 12 and students who are 80. Everybody can do Jazzercise.Goin's staff, which aspires to make each students feel welcome, comfortable, and informed, includes associate instructors Laura Warner (a licensed physical therapist from Harrison Hospital) and Lynelle Stauffer (a new recruit), and seven class managers.Jazzercise students go on outings and participate in fundraisers and events. Port Orchard students perform in the Fathoms o'Fun parade, and will be at the Seahawks half-time show at the opening season game this year for the Susan G. Koman Foundation for Breast Cancer.If you Jazzercise, you can Jazzercise all over the world, said Lynn Goin of the popularity of the program, mentioning that music for the routines comes from top 40 radio artists like Destiny's Child, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, and Jennifer Lopez.Goin says that there is plenty of room for students in her Givens classes and that people wanting to join can register directly with her right before class. The cost is $38 a month, and those who use her electronic funds transfer ticket (which automatically takes $33 from an account of the client's choice) save about $60 a year. They can see results without costing an arm and a leg, she said.Lynn Goin also provides a monthly newsletter called The Jazz Square Revue which gives her students the latest and updated information on health and fitness to help them see through popular fads to health fact. She will start new classes (with childcare available) Sept. 5 at Rosedale Community Center in Gig Harbor.I just love to dance, said Goin. I'll probably do it until I die. "

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