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Milligan opens Jazzercise facility in Farragut

Farragut resident Shannon Milligan took her business experience and her love of exercise and combined them to create a new business in Farragut.

Milligan opened a Jazzercise fitness center in April at the West End Center, 145 West End Ave., to offer classes to the community.

“We have classes as early as five forty-five in the morning and as late as six forty-five in the evening,” Milligan said. “We have ten instructors and have five different formats for the classes.”

These formats include express workouts, low-impact workouts, high intensity activities and body sculpting classes, she said.

There are 37 classes per week in the different formats.

“We have great music and our members have fun in the classes,” Milligan said. “Jazzercise offers a blend of fitness and jazz dance that participants have discovered is a lot of fun.”

Since opening in April, she said her business has brought in at least 100 members.

“A lot of people come in for our free week offer and sign up after that,” she said.

With the exception of the sunrise classes and Sunday classes, on-premises childcare is available for members.

Milligan’s duties extend beyond teaching classes. She is the regional Jazzercise manager for Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. She said she has the responsibility for 300 instructors across the three states.

“I act as a liaison between the franchisor and the franchisees,” she said. “I average three e-mails per day just for this location and a lot more from other locations.”

Milligan said being a liason is what she did prior to opening her jazzercise center, except she acted as a liaison for Subway stores instead of fitness centers.

“I took time off from work to have my children,” she said. “After they were born and got a little older, I decided I wanted to go back to work.”

Milligan said she looked around and liked the Jazzercise program.

“It takes about twelve weeks to get certified as an instructor and then you purchase a franchise,” she said.

The franchise fee costs $1,000, she said.

Under the terms of the company, Milligan said her instructors are all considered independent contractors. They invoice her for their classes and she, in turns, pays them.

“Jazzercise is such a good company to work for,” she said. “I get to work out of my home. I get to exercise and have fun as part of my job, which is something great.”

For more information, call 865-966-2298.


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