Television show to feature Carmel Valley resident’s Jazzercise studio, workout clothing line


By Karen Billing

A Lifetime reality television show will showcase Carmel Valley resident Susan Jentzsch’s Jazzercise studio and workout clothing line “Moda by Sofia.”

“The Balancing Act” will follow four women trying to make positive health and wellness changes in their lives and the segments will premiere on the Lifetime Network on Jan. 30. The show airs on weekday mornings at 7 a.m. and the audience will see the women sporting Moda clothing and taking Jazzercise in Carmel Valley.

The show will track the women, who range in age from 20 to 50 years old, for six months as they try to tackle challenges related to their weight, stress, financial troubles and divorce. The “big reveal,” the results show, will be aired in July.

Jentzsch is happy to be involved in a show that supports the Healthy Weight Commitment, a coalition of more than 190 retailers, food and beverage manufacturers, restaurants and professional sports organizations promoting ways to help people achieve a healthy weight with goals to reduce obesity, especially childhood obesity, by 2015.

She also feels lucky to be able to share her clothing line with a broader audience.

“It’s completely a dream come true,” said Jentzsch. “I’m really excited to be a part of it and I’m thrilled to let the greater community know that there’s great things happening with local San Diego business owners.”

Jentzsch’s involvement with the show was jolted by a chance meeting with “Balancing Act” producers O2 Media at the ACE Fitness Symposium last year in San Diego.

“We started talking and we both fell in love,” Jentzsch said. “The clothing line was the perfect match for the show because it’s all about health and wellness.”

As a show sponsor, Jentzsch helped select the finalists in December in Florida.

The women will travel to the Premier Fitness Camp at La Costa Resort for a week on Jan. 20 where they’ll learn the best exercise for their body types. The quartet will also visit the Sorrento Valley Jazzercise studio for a class taught by Jentzsch.

Every time the women are working out, which aims to be a lot, they will be wearing Moda by Sofia’s Pluscious line, a line Jentzsch created to fit curves, or “women built like women.”

“That is exactly why I created the line because exercise clothes didn’t fit me,” said Jentzsch,

Made from Supplex fabric, the clothing moves with the wearer, is fully breathable and fast drying. She designed the tanks to be longer than average and the built-in bra’s straps come with elastic that is an inch thick to be really supportive. The pants have flattering rear pockets, contoured stitching and are higher rise in the front and the back.

Jentzsch also created a SkinnyGirl line of Moda that flatters a different body type.

Moda also has a fun aspect of allowing customers to self-style the clothes with their choice of appliqués and sparkling crystals.

Since October, Jentzsch has run the Carmel Valley Jazzercise Center in Sorrento Valley, a 15,000-square-foot space that doubles as a storefront for her Moda line that she started three years ago. The dance-based fitness classes are offered seven days a week.

Anyone who mentions this article can receive the first month of Jazzercise free. Learn more by calling (858) 735-2714 or e-mailing Carmel Valley Jazzercise Center is located at 11722 Sorrento Valley Road, suite E.