BLOOMINGTON - The popularity of Zumba is part of a broader trend toward dance-based aerobics classes. Even fitness centers that don't offer Zumba have dance aerobics classes.

The Workout Company in Normal has Body Jam, a high-energy, cardiovascular dance fitness program with different styles of music and dance, said Body Jam director Michelle McPherson.

After three years at Workout Company, Body Jam remains popular, she said.

YWCA McLean County began Cardio Jam on Monday. "Cardio Jam features dance with kickboxing moves and traditional aerobics," said Brandi Kimball, director of health and fitness.

"People want variety in their workouts and want a class they can enjoy," Kimball said.

"Some of our most popular classes are dance-based aerobics classes," said Kristen Nesvacil, assistant director for fitness at Illinois State University.

"It has to do with the popular dance shows on TV," said Alyssa Danca, ISU group student fitness instructor. "But people who take the classes are seeing results and enjoying it so they are sticking with it."

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