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!
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!