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Who all takes step arobics?

Yesterday was my second class and I did pretty good. I jumped in to the intermediate level and althought i should have been lost, i did really well! The instructor changes the chorography every month (but adds on weekly) so i'll really have a chance to master the current routine.

what results have you noticed from doing step arobics? they tell me it's good for my bottom, is that true?

Tue. Apr 11, 9:20am

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I love step aerobics. If I could afford to go to a gym, I would be at that class all of the time. I think part of it is the music is very motivating for me, and when I get a sequence right I am like "I CAN DO ANYTHING!!!"

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:13 AM

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I've done step aerobics for about 9 years and loved every minute. I consider it my creative outlet, since it is a lot like a dance class, with all the choreography! It puts me in a good mood, even if I'm down when I arrive!

In terms of physical results... my legs and bottom are definitely stronger than they would be if I didn't do it. One thing that works your bottom is the "glute squeeze," where you step on to the bench with one foot and push the other one up in the air straight behind you (w/both legs straight). I also like the "squats," where you stand parallel to the bench (rather than facing it) and put one foot on the bench and one foot off and then sit back as if there were a chair behind you. This really works the quads (muscles in the front of the leg, above the knee).

Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 10:24 AM

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I am a big believer in step classes!! I take them for the cardio aspect-fat burning benefits. My instructor always gives options like up and over and you can either walk over the bench or do a hop over the bench. I always do the more difficult. I figure I can push myself to the limit for that 45 minutes and give it my all...I have seen amazing results!

Wednesday, April 19, 2006, 2:13 PM

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I hate step aerobics, it's a very high-impact on the knees exercise...

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 12:46 PM

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I love step aerobics. I especially love the classes that have difficult choreography. I really need something challenging to motivate me, and step classes do that. I can't just run on a treadmill, I need something that will challenge my mind at the same time. It's great cardiovascularly also because there's so many different moves that your body doesn't get used to doing the same thing over and over again like a machine.

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 4:48 PM

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I love it, and treat step as cross-training. I'm not sure what step has done for me precisely, because I like to change up my routine and do a lot of different things.

Friday, April 21, 2006, 7:54 PM

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FitTV has some workouts that use the step. If you don't get that, maybe you could have someone else burn you a DVD. I'm cheap, so I do some exercising at home.

Saturday, April 29, 2006, 12:27 AM

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To I hate step aerobics

It's only high impact if you make it that way. Your heels never have to leave the bench if you don't want them to. I know, I've taught step for 13 years. Remember you can modify & not do everything that your instructor says. It's your workout you shouldn't be trying to keep up or imitate her. If she says kick & hop up you can just kick. If she says jump up & over the step, just step touch over. I don't do a lot of one particular wide turn or v step because it does bother my knees so I do something different if I'm taking a class. The step was invented to rehab knee injuries. I have regular 60 to 70 year olds taking class all the time. Your instructor should be giving ques for both low & high impact. Or maybe your particular knee problem just doesn't lend itself to the step, but don't tell everyone it's a high impact activity becasue it's not.

Saturday, April 29, 2006, 8:12 PM

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I love the Step classes!

So much more fun than a boaring old treadmill or stepper that I can only get motivated to do for no more than 10 min. I can work as hard as I want to & when I am done, and sweating like crazy, I feel like I have really done something for my body! That hour just flies by! Not to mention it is great for toning your leggs & butt especially when you throw in a few lunges & squats on the board.!

Saturday, April 29, 2006, 8:18 PM

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Step aerobics is not for me

and you know what, that's fine. I just do not enjoy touching the step and it has nothing to do with the coreography. I know it's something mental and I can do the moves without the step and I enjoy AERODANCE much more. So, we can agree that no matter how much you like step, it isn't for everyone.

Sunday, May 02, 2010, 3:56 PM

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