Step aerobics is a classic cardio workout that has stood the test of time from the days of the good-old aerobics classes. It has lasted for decades for one simple reason: It delivers results.

The "step" is a 4-inch to 12-inch raised platform. You step up, around, and down from the platform in different patterns to boost your heart rate and breathing, and strengthen your muscles.

Step aerobics moves range from simple to advanced. The most basic is a step-up, step-down. Once you get more experienced, you do moves that take you over the top and around the step forwards, sideways, and backwards.

This is an exercise class that is done to upbeat music. Our instructor will lead you through choreographed routines that are designed to push your athletic abilities. Each class starts with a warm-up, followed by choreographed routines on the step, and a cool-down at the end. In some classes, you'll use hand weights for strength-training moves that will increase the intensity of your workout.

The intensity level depends on how high you make the step and what kinds of movements you do on it. For the lowest intensity, put the step flat on the floor. Adding risers will increase the height of the step, which will make your workout more intense. You can use your arms too. The more you raise your arms overhead, the harder you'll work.

Step classes will help you lose weight by burning calories while your heart rate is elevated. The stepping action is great for strengthening your legs and building your core strength. Using the hand weights will improve the strength of your upper body. Every Step class is a full body workout!

What do you need for a Step class?

Bring a sweat towel, a drink bottle and wear some good-quality gym shoes with comfortable clothes

Fitness level: 
Cardiovascular fitness
Weight loss
Fitness studio
Class duration: 
40 minutes
50 minutes