By Ginna Parsons
TUPELO – Sherry Reppert didn’t take any ballet or tap classes when she was a young girl growing up in Pennsylvania, but while in high school, she was on the gymnastics team and began weight training.
In college, she started taking aerobics classes. And after she married and had twin boys, she got into Jazzercise, which combines elements of dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga and kickboxing.
“It kept me the size I wanted to be and still be able to eat like I wanted to,” said Reppert, 45.
She enjoyed the classes so much that after just a year, she knew she wanted to become a certified instructor herself and have her own franchise. She started that process when her family up and moved to Longview, Texas.
“There were no classes there, so I did three months of intensive training to become certified and I started my first classes in January 2007 there,” she said.
In 2009, the Repperts moved to Tupelo, where her husband, Joe, is the chief financial officer for North Mississippi Health Services.
She opened a Jazzercise franchise in the Mississippi Building of the Furniture Market the same year and has been teaching classes ever since.
“I call it dance aerobics,” Reppert said. “We work from head to toe on strength training, muscle training, cardio, flexibility and posture. It’s all there.”
Judi Sheppard Missett founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969.
“But it’s not an old-lady workout for moms and grandmoms,” Reppert said. “A lot of people have that perception because it’s been around for 45 years.”
Musical artists Reppert uses in her class range from Pitbull, J.Lo and Justin Timberlake to Janelle Monae, The Black-Eyed Peas and OneRepublic.
“I use a variety of movement and music so it doesn’t get boring,” she said. “Once I get comfortable with a routine, I change it, because if you’re comfortable with it, you’re not getting the most out of it. It works the body and the brain. You really have to think about the choreography.”
Reppert is hosting an open house at her new location at King’s Gate Worship Center at 2018 W. Jackson St., where she began teaching classes last week. The remaining free classes will be taught today from 8:30-9:30 a.m., 12:15-12:45 p.m. and 6-7 p.m., and Wednesday from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and 12:15-12:45 p.m. Wear comfortable exercise clothing.
“My students give me such fulfillment,” she said. “They go to the doctor and then come to class and say, ‘My cholesterol is down, my blood pressure is down.’ It’s exciting to know I’m helping people inside and out. It makes me happy to know I’m helping Tupelo get fitter and healthier.”
For more information on Reppert’s classes and fees, visit jazzercise.com, or email email@example.com, or call (662) 255-2696.