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Healthy Now: Jazzed up cauliflower

Simone Grandmain
Healthy Now

Remember when Olivia Newton-John was wearing that shiny headband singing, “Let’s get physical,” and looking like she’d never sweat a day in her life?

Or how about Jane Fonda “going for the burn” in an uncomfortable looking leotard and thong hybrid? Then came Richard Simmons and “Sweating to the oldies.” Yes, our mothers’ generation did not do the Jazzercise movement any favors.

Here at Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District, we have watched our Jazzercise class morph from leg warmers to leggings, but the real transformation has been in their exercise routine. They really do get physical.

Monday through Friday from 9-10 a.m. in the Community Rec Center gym, owner Karen Aulwurm and associate Sherri Moore put their group through the paces with cardio, strength, Pilates, hip hop, yoga and kickboxing, burning up to 800 calories per class. Seriously, it will kick your gluts.

And talk about stamina! Jazzercise has been around for 45 years, and is now a national organization with more 8300 franchises teaching 32,000 classes each week. That’s a lot of moves.

We indoor track folks watch them from the Fitness Center upstairs, usually trying to follow along and score a freebie class. We have no shame. The routines are highly choreographed, but participants mirror the instructor exactly so there’s no, “My left or your left?” action.

This recipe comes from owner Karen Aulwurm, who saw a group of us vying for viewing space on Club Park and Rec’s second floor and invited us to join in — first time free. Actually, it is first class free for anyone, but, for a moment in time, we felt like we’d scored backstage passes. Her casserole is not your mother’s cauliflower; no boiling, no Velveeta. And her class is not your mother’s Jazzercise; she works you too hot for leg warmers.

This column comes courtesy of Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District staff and members, inspiring creative, active lives for a healthy mountain community. For more information on how you can stay in shape this season and take advantage of the Summer Pass, visit

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