Step aerobics routines range from simple to complicated, but remain a great workout for your cardiovascular system and lower body.
About Step Aerobics
Step aerobics only requires a step bench for equipment. You'll need to wear a good pair of shoes, but that's all the equipment you'll need for this workout. Your bench may be anywhere from six inches to twelve inches in height. Make sure it's sturdy and provides ample foot space so that you don't fall off of it while exercising. Once your bench is in place, you're ready to step your way to fitness.
Your routine may be as simple as stepping up and down on the bench with alternating feet, or your routine may involve complex dance moves sure to work up a sweat. Beginners should probably start with easy routines, but once you're comfortable with those, feel free to work your way up. The higher your bench height, the harder your legs work.
A Variety of Step Aerobics Routines
These routines made to be performed with a step bench progress from easy to complex. Combine step aerobics routines any way you like in order to add more variety to your workout:
Step Up/Step Down
This is one of the easiest moves you can do on a step bench.
- Step up with your right foot and then your left.
- Step down with your right foot and then your left.
- Repeat as many times as desired.
Step and Kick
- Step on the bench with your right foot.
- Bring your left foot up and kick your left leg straight out in front of you.
- Step back onto the floor with your left foot and then your right.
- Alternate legs for stepping and kicking.
Side to Side
- Turn to the side and step with your right foot onto the bench.
- Bring your left foot onto the bench.
- Step down on the other side of the bench with your right foot and then your left.
- Step back onto the bench with your left foot first, followed by your right, landing on the other side of the bench.
Step and Touch
Again facing the side instead of facing your bench head on, step your right foot onto the bench and only tap your left foot onto it before stepping back onto the floor, left foot followed by the right.You can also perform this move facing the bench:
- Step up with your right foot and tap the bench with your left.
- Step down with your left foot and then your right.
- Now step up with the left foot and tap the bench with your right.
- Continue to alternate feet.
Knee Lift Step
- Step on bench with your right foot.
- Bring left leg up but don't step on the bench. Lift left knee and then step back with left foot, followed by the right.
- Alternate stepping foot and lifting leg.
Step and Lunge
- Step onto the bench with your right foot and bend your knee to 90 degrees.
- Extend your left leg behind you.
- Quickly alternate feet on the step.
Stepping with Videos
While you can create your own step routine, you may find it motivating to step to a video. These are just some of the step aerobics videos available that you might enjoy:
- Kathy Smith's Great Buns and Thighs Step Workout will net you a fabulous lower body through her 50 minute routine. Some reviewers feel it's shorter on cardio but there are plenty of squats to tone your legs to perfection.
- The Best of Crunch: Step is a great short routine when you're pressed for time. Lively music and easy-to-follow moves make this a good choice for the beginning to intermediate stepper.
Step Your Way to Fitness
Unlike running, stepping is a lower-impact exercise that you can do comfortably in a gym or your own home. You don't have to be a choreographer to know how to perform basic moves, so anyone (even someone with two left feet) can get a good, heart-pumping workout with a simple step bench.