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5 5 5 5 5
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Apr 6, 2015

Yoga:  The instructor Jen is great!  The class is a balance of meditation, stretching, balancing, and strengthening.  I have worked with her for over 12 weeks and have come a long way in that time.  I look forward to continuing in her classes and becoming more flexible, more centered, and stronger!  The facility staff are very friendly and helpful!

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STEP Aerobics • $20.00

 

Step aerobics are a newer version and technique of aerobics. Traditional aerobics are performed on the floor: you learn a series of dance steps such as the Pony or the Jazz Square, which are often done in fours, two steps taking you in one direction, two more taking you the other direction. Steps are combined with arm gestures to increase large-muscle movements and increase fat-burning sequences are performed to music.

In step aerobics, your workout travels vertically rather than horizontally. You place a step of four to ten inches in height before you, and the routine is arranged so that students step up and down to the music. The smallest step (and the one beginners should use) is four inches high: they increase in height by two inch increments, so you can add risers to your initial step as your fitness level increases.

It’s important in step aerobics to pay attention to your posture and the way you are stepping. Make sure your instructor takes a look at the way you’re working to make sure you’re using your feet correctly for the kinds of steps you’ll be doing. Keep your head up and shoulder back when stepping: don’t lean forward from the waist, or you’ll put strain on your lower back. Unless you’re moving fast or doing lunges, your feet should be centered on the platform and they should meet it wholly, heel to ball of foot. Stepping down, let your toe hit the ground first, the ball of foot, then your heel. Step down close to your step platform rather than stretching away from it.

Your knee should never bend more than 90 degrees (that’s a right angle), and less is better -60 degrees is optimal. Like many exercises, step aerobics is all about moderation: you don’t have to “push the envelope”; in fact, trying to do too much can cause injuries that will affect you for years.

Step aerobics are very enjoyable: many people prefer their “step” classes to regular aerobics. However, if you have issues with your knees or ankles, step aerobics may not be the best choice for your workout, because the amount of stepping up and down involved does increase the impact on your lower body, concentrated on your joints.

This class is also offered:
Saturday, November 23th
9:00 - 10:00am Nikki Joy
Sunday, November 24th
8:30 - 9:30am Michele Hardman

Featured review

Featured review
5 5 5 5 5
Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Apr 6, 2015

Yoga:  The instructor Jen is great!  The class is a balance of meditation, stretching, balancing, and strengthening.  I have worked with her for over 12 weeks and have come a long way in that time.  I look forward to continuing in her classes and becoming more flexible, more centered, and stronger!  The facility staff are very friendly and helpful!

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