Get in Shape Through Step Aerobics

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 30th Jul 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Jumping, running and twirling on top of a narrow step may look challenging but it's a great workout once you get the hang of it. Let's take a closer look at step aerobics.

Preparing for Step Aerobics


Rock music blares, an instructor shouts directions and red-faced people sweat during a typical step aerobics class. They jump up and down on top of a raised platform known as a step. Step aerobics, which uses a series of moves choreographed to music, has been around for a couple of decades now and continues to be a popular form of exercise.
Check with your doctor first before starting any new form of exercise. Most people can get in shape through step aerobics without any problems. In fact, aerobics can help people burn calories, lose weight and get in shape.
Many gyms allow you to observe a step aerobics class just to see what it's all about. Then, join a class. Be sure to tell the instructor if this is your first class. He or she may be able to show you some basic moves before class starts. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Instructors tend to be friendly, patient people who want you to succeed so you'll keep coming back to class.
Wear a short-sleeved t-shirt and either shorts, yoga pants or sweat pants. Avoid jeans, tight pants and skirts or dresses. Be sure to wear comfortable sneakers or running shoes. Avoid sandals, high heeled shoes or other dress shoes that could cause you to slip and fall.
Take a bottle of water with you and sip it during breaks. Don't be afraid to stop for a break if you need one.
Be sure to come early to class. You'll need time to pick a spot and set up your step.
Always do warm up exercises which your instructor will guide you through. After class finishes, don't leave early. Stay and do the stretches with the instructor doing the cool down.
Your step can be raised or lowered by adding risers. You may want to go without any risers for your first few classes until you're used to the step. If you do add a riser, put it on the lowest setting and check to be sure it's steady and secure before using it.

Basic Steps for Step Aerobics


The simplest step is called the basic. For a right basic, use your right foot to step onto the step and then bring your left foot up to meet it. Be sure your heels are on the step all the way and not hanging off it. For a left basic, step up with your left foot first.
Another step is called the knee up. Step up and lift your knee. This is one of many moves that can be done as a so-called "repeater" or triple where you simply repeat the movement three times.
The "over the top" move is done exactly as it sounds. Stand behind your step, face the side and go over the step.

Many moves are named after the letters of the alphabet. The"L" step involves making an "L" with your body while you are on one end of your step.
The "V" step is a wide-angled move. Step up as you move your feet as wide apart as you can. Go up on your right foot first for a right "V," and go up on your left foot first for a left "V" step.
You can also straddle the step by standing with both legs on either side of the step. You can then walk or jump up into the middle of your step.
"Corner to corner" means you will move from one corner of the step to the other. You can do several moves here including corner knees and corner hamstrings - simply kicking your leg out behind you and toward your butt.
Turn steps look complicated but they're really not. This step is similar to the V step except you will step off to the side after the V move.
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Keep Moving


Some people find step aerobics hard to follow. Moves are done in combination with other moves and are choreographed to music. Routines may become complicated, and class members may get frustrated.
However, most instructors will ask you to keep doing a basic step while they show you the next move. A whole series of moves may be repeated. So if you miss a move the first time, don't worry. You can join in on the next round.
Some people make mistakes during the routine such as doing a right basic instead of a lift. However, as long as you keep moving during class, you should be able to get in shape through step aerobics.

The picture of the step was taken by Wiki Medica Commons user gujamin on May 18, 2007. The picture of the class was taken by Wiki Media Commons user Wildmadouri on Dec. 28, 2012.
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Aerobic, Aerobic Exercise, Aerobic Weight Loss, Aerobics, Exercise, Exercise Tips, Exercises, Fitness, Fitness Program, Fitness Tips, Step, Steps

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author avatar jenny1015
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Looks like fun! I hope i could move myself to start doing those exercise.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Jenny. It is fun. You should try it. I bet you'd do great.

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author avatar Carol
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks Connie, getting fit and having fun, looks good!

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author avatar Mariah
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks for this Connie great introduction for folk like me who have never tried Aerobics.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol. You should try it.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
31st Jul 2013 (#)

Thanks, Mariah. As I told Carol and Jenny, I encourage you
to try it. It's a lot of fun and a great workout.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
31st Jul 2013 (#)

great piece Connie..ta ever so....

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
1st Aug 2013 (#)

You do this AND Zumba? Yoiu must be very fit (or just trying, like ME!). ; ) Nice article.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
1st Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Phyl. I try to do a little bit of everything.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
4th Aug 2013 (#)

well done Connie...!

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