SOURCE: GlobalFit


September 03, 2009 12:05 ET

Jazzercise Now Available Through GlobalFit

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - September 3, 2009) - For 40 years, Jazzercise has been helping women (and some men) get fit and feel great. With their latest partnership, those 'Jazz hands' are beckoning to corporate employees.

GlobalFit, a leading corporate wellness provider, now offers affordable Jazzercise memberships to more than 1,400 corporate sponsors through their group-benefit packages. The pairing brings more than 2,700 Jazzercise locations across the U.S. into GlobalFit's fitness center network, already the largest of its kind.

"Jazzercise is a true innovator in the fitness industry," says GlobalFit President and CEO, Frank Napolitano. "Many of their instructors operate out of non-traditional locations; that goes a long way toward overcoming the gym intimidation that keeps many Americans on the couch."

Judi Sheppard Missett, founder and CEO of Jazzercise, Inc., agrees that it's precisely her company's unique model that suits GlobalFit so well. "Corporations are just begging for fitness opportunities for their employees to help bring healthcare costs under control," she observes. "I've seen how our program can help people -- who don't see themselves as 'gym people' -- transform their lives, all while having a lot of fun! We're thrilled to have GlobalFit help us bring this opportunity to the busy, working people who need it the most."

In 2007/2008, Jazzercise posted their most successful fiscal year ever; system-wide sales topped $93 million, a 9% increase over the previous year. Jazzercise ranks 42nd on Entrepreneur Magazine's top 500 franchise list for 2009, 7th on the publication's list of fastest growing franchises, and 8th on its list of top home-based franchises.

About GlobalFit:

GlobalFit is a leading provider of corporate wellness programs. Readily accessible through employers and insurers, GlobalFit's broad selection of programs, products and services have been expressly designed to create a healthier world. Since 1992, GlobalFit's signature offering has been its gym network, the largest of its kind. The network now includes thousands of respected fitness centers, from well-known chains to independent facilities, in the U.S. and Canada. GlobalFit's latest corporate program, "Destination: You," breaks new ground by combining step-based activity -- effortlessly verifiable through cutting-edge technology -- with education, community support and incentives to motivate large populations. For more information, please visit

About Jazzercise:

Judi Sheppard Missett, who turned her love of jazz dance into a worldwide dance exercise phenomenon, founded the Jazzercise dance fitness program in 1969. Judi and Jazzercise Executive Vice President Shanna Missett Nelson have advanced the business opportunities of women and men in the fitness industry by growing the program into an international franchise business that today, hosts a network of 7,500 instructors teaching more than 32,000 classes weekly in 32 countries.

The workout program, which offers a fusion of jazz dance, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and cardio box movements, has positively affected millions of people worldwide. Benefits include increased cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility, as well as an overall "feel good" factor. Additional Jazzercise programs include Junior Jazzercise, Jazzercise Lite and Personal Touch. For more information about Jazzercise, go to or call (800) FIT-IS-IT.

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