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    Step Move Wednesday: Knees Corners

    Welcome back to another installment of the Step Move Wednesday series! Today we are covering the move of Knees Corner to Corner, also referred to as “Knees Corners” or “Corner Knees.” If this is your first time with the series, make sure to read the intro post here. 

    So this is a move you would see in my class a LOT. I consider this one of the base moves, and we often take a break with this move in between learning new combos.

    To complete the move, step onto the left side of the bench with the right foot while driving the left knee up. Exit both feet behind the bench, and repeat on the other side. (It’s much easier than it sounds typed out, so make sure to check out the video!)

    Like last week, feel free to follow along with the video below!

    July 19, 2017

    Step Move Wednesday: Basic Step

    Hi friends! I’m starting a new series here on the blog called Step Move Wednesday, where I’ll be sharing a new step move every week. There are so many reasons why I love step aerobics (in fact, I’ll probably do a whole post on this soon) but one thing that’s unique to step is that there’s a bit of a learning curve. It’s not something like running or boot camp where you can jump right in and get the most amazing sweat the first time. There’s a whole vocabulary of movements to learn, but once you have those down, everything else is built on top of them. So that’s what this series is for!

    SMW 1

    A couple of FAQ/notes before we begin…

    • Do I need a step bench to practice? Nope! Obviously if you have one, you can use it to practice in a setting more realistic to a class, but you can always practice these movements on the floor without a bench. Also I love practicing in my kitchen, simply by imagining a tile (or two) as my bench. 🙂
      • Side note, if you want to buy a step bench, this is a pretty good deal on amazon (affiliate link).
    • Always warm up properly before working out on the bench. I recommend about 5 minutes of moderate cardio (walking, elliptical, or aerobic moves on the floor (think step touches, marching in place, easy squats, jumping jacks, etc.)
    • In general, I teach “tap free” or “smooth” style step, in which moves transition from the right lead to the left lead without tapping the foot in between. In the video below however, I do use a tap to change from right basic to left basic.
    • If you are using a bench, I recommend starting with only one riser. I personally never use more than one riser, because the style of step I do is much faster and more dance-y than traditional step aerobics.
    • Always step onto the bench with the entire foot, rather than allowing the heel to hang off. This will help avoid achilles tendon injuries.
    • Finally, as always check with a doctor before making any exercise changes!

    Aaaaand we’re ready! Today we are going to cover the basic step. Start facing your bench (or imaginary bench.) Start with a basic right, stepping onto the bench with the right foot, then the left foot. Then step back to the floor with the right foot, then the left foot. A basic left will be the same movement but leading with the left foot.

    Feel free to follow along with this video! This is 4 basic rights, then tap and 4 basic lefts.

    Hope you enjoy, and let me know if you have ever done a step aerobics class, and whether you give these moves a try!

    July 12, 2017