I’ve never been a dancer, well not a good one at least. Not trained to know beats, hear counts of the music or “feel” the tempo. This is why I LOVE Spin. Except for jumps and some other stuff, choreography is not part of it. I’ve been a group ex. instructor for 3 years and have never had to learn these techniques. Whenever I teach a muscle conditioning class I use an individualized circuit system and time it out. This has fit me just fine and my students seem to love it! But it’s time. Time for me to learn how to Step.
So I have decided to start taking other instructors classes to learn more about the technique, how to count the music, get some ideas, etc. I did not begin with a full blown Step class however. I have decided baby “steps” are the best way into this process.
Tips to trying out a new Group Ex. class:
- DON’T be nervous. Instructors deal with newbies all the time. We are trained to make you feel welcome. If you don’t feel like this… switch instructors. Trying out different instructors/classes is the only way to know what you like.
- Come prepared to work hard, have fun, and learn a lot!
- Arrive early to get prepped for the class. Even talk to the instructor in the beginning if you are scared!
- HAVE A BLAST! You never know, this class could be your next favorite fitness activity 🙂
For me, I began by taking a integrated cardio and muscle conditioning class. During the cardio portion all we did was step work. I looked like a fool and was off beat, but was determined to get it right AND have fun doing it.
Second class I took was a Total Body Conditioning class. Same concept except more of a circuit style (weights/cardio/repeat) class.
All I can say is…. much better! We not only did step but she also put some cardio kickboxing in there. I felt much more confident about my step work and staying on the music.
I am sure many can’t believe that step aerobics is still around. No there are no leg warmers or Olivia Newton John beats on the iPod, but it is still the upbeat class it once was. It can be an acquired taste and not for everyone. But try it on for size…
You never know until you step 🙂