Step Group Fitness - UC Sport and Recreation - University of Canterbury - New Zealand


Using a height-adjustable step platform, improve your cardiovascular fitness AND get great legs in a fun and challenging workout.  Step challenges the brain just a little more, but it’s still achievable by most.

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What to expect from a typical Step class

You’ll learn a routine built up over the entire class, finishing with a grand finale.  Each instructor creates their own choreography, so every class is different.  Instructors will typically change their routine every 3-4 weeks, depending on the class.

At your first Step class

Set your step to the lowest height.  Ask the instructor for assistance if you need to.
Focus on your leg patterns – forget about the arms for now!
Remind yourself that it takes a few classes to learn the basic moves for step – and to get addicted! 

Controlling Intensity

You are in charge of intensity – the instructor simply provides the moves and motivation.
Either increase step height, add propulsions or jumps (the instructor will show you how), or get your arms moving above your head more. 
Hand weights are NOT RECOMMENDED. They offer no additional benefit (when weighed against injury risk) in modern step. 

Benefits of participating in Step

Tone and shape your legs
Improve your cardiovascular fitness
Improve your co-ordination

How often should you attend Step?

About 3-4x per week, especially when starting out.  Practice makes perfect!

Contraindications (when you shouldn't take this class)

In our experience, people with certain knee injuries find this class difficult. However, everyone is different. So, give it a whirl and see how you feel. You can always leave the class if it's not working for you, but please let the instructor know beforehand if you are at all unsure.

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