Step fitness instructors are required to be prepared when teaching an aerobic class. As an instructor, you must enter class with planned routines to provide a safe and effective workout. Even if you are the most creative instructor, you may need new step ideas to keep your class interesting so that your participants continue to return. A few websites are available to stimulate your choreography design.
A step class is designed around 25 to 30 basic step moves. If you are just beginning to teach or need a reminder of basic step cues, IFA Fitness has 25 routines in its basic library. The site provides start positions and exercise descriptions and explains how to execute the move. Turnstep is another site that shows how to perform basic step moves.
As of November 2010, IFA Fitness contains 25 step basic descriptions, and Turnstep has 8,655 step patterns. Stepcenter describes 34 routines, and Aerobic Spot has 91 patterns available. These patterns are written words, usually broken down into counts of eight to 64 beats. The routines are submitted by fitness instructors in an effort to share what they have found to be effective in their classrooms. Even if you do not use an entire routine, you may choose an eight-count pattern that will add new life to your old choreography.
Turnstep uses animation to show proper foot sequence and placement for basic step moves. You will see exactly where to place your feet on the bench, or the floor and on which counts to move your feet. Stepcenter has animated routines that are submitted by instructors. Use caution when viewing animation since technical limitations do not show everything. Be aware of body alignment, because the animation shows only feet. Animation may fail to show full range of motion or any type of jumping motion when necessary to avoid joint twisting.
Stepcenter has six free videos available. It offers a free membership that expands your access, or a fee-based unlimited routine access. The cost is approximately $6.50 for a three-month membership. Another source for video choreography is Collage Video. This company provides one-minute clips from its exercise videos.
You may access these sites even if you are not an instructor and are simply seeking new routines for your personal use. Other sites are available, but many require instructor certifications or paid memberships. Step is an exercise program, and all exercise programs carry the risk of injury, so seek your doctor's permission before beginning your workout routine.