Step CardioDance incorporates Step into my CardioDance class.. For all you original 80's "Steppers". The class starts with a Step warm up and then we go into 20 minutes of basic, fun and effective step moves. Burning lots of calories which will shape and tone your legs. This is truly a dynamic workout that will give you an initial aerobic blast followed by our CardioDance routine. (Please see class content).
Step Aerobics is primarily a total leg workout that will leave you dripping with sweat in a matter of minutes. It's fast paced and will also work the muscles in your abs, shoulders and arms.
Step falls under the banner of "Exercise To Music" or ETM. The workout is quite structured and usually follows a choreographed footprint. The music is upbeat in tempo at around 128 beats per minute or BPM. This allows for a good aerobic workout but not too fast which keeps exercising safe. We follow a 32 beat count, which simply means dividing every individual exercise into 4 sets with 8 steps per set. Step Aerobics very much follows the beat of the music. I believe in keeping the steps basic and uncomplicated which will also provide a good safe workout.
The instructor teaches facing the group which is called "mirror image" or sometimes they'll turn their back to the group which is called "participants view." While the instructor is in "mirror image" their left foot or left arm becomes the participants right foot or right arm hence the name. So when the instructor steps with their left foot the class is stepping with their right. Make sure your step is safe on the floor without any obstructions eg water bottles or mobile phones. When your stepping up onto the platform place your foot completely on the step and when your stepping down you don't want to be more than a foots length in distance from your step. Keep your head up, shoulders back, chest out, tummy in and step with strong arm and leg movements. Lots to take in but once you've done it a few times it'll start to become familiar.