5 Types of Exercises You Can (and Should) Be Doing With an Aerobic Step Today
When you see this:
What kind of exercises come to mind?
Something like this?
Well, you’re not alone.
*On a side note I WORE OUT my Reebok step video with Gin Miller. I still love it. If I had a VHS player I'd probably still do it every now and then. C'mon Beachbody, please create a step workout with this vibe! It's just fun.
Most people think about traditional step aerobics when they see a step platform.
But just like the evolution of exercise styles over the last ten years (think about Crossfit, Zumba, Pilates, Barre, etc.). The use of equipment has evolved as well.
Today you can use an exercise platform to add variety and intensity to your fitness routine in many different ways to keep exercise interesting and fun.
And keeping your fitness program NOT BORING is the key element to an everlasting routine.
Let me show you what you can do with an exercise step.
*Remember that these examples are only a fraction of all the ways you can incorporate these fitness styles (and an aerobic step) into your exercise program.
Plyometric exercises incorporate jumping. Muscles are fired in short intervals to increase strength and overall power.
HIGH INTENSITY INTERVALS
High-Intensity Interval Training (HiiT) is at style of cardio training that uses short, very intense, bursts of cardio exercises followed by short rest periods.
This way of exercising is a type of metabolic training (like Crossfit) that increases fat burn and revs up your metabolism.
LOW-IMPACT CIRCUIT TRAINING
Low-impact circuit training uses the same intense interval cardio style seen in HiiT but you stay grounded for every exercise.
This is a great way to burn a ton of calories but give your joints a little holiday at the same time. The key to getting the most out of these exercises is to make the moves big.
These are a few of my favorite low-impact exercises using an exercise step:
I love using an aerobic step for sculpting exercises.
It’s no secret that using weights can get monotonous.
Adding an exercise platform to your toning routine really adds an interesting twist to each exercise that keeps it fun.
Consider these exercise moves that incorporate an aerobic step to help shape and define your muscles:
COMPOUND EXERCISE TRAINING
This is probably my favorite way to use an exercise platform in a workout.
Compound exercises are multi-joint exercises using light weights at a faster tempo. Training this way adds a cardio element to your sculpting program.
Proper form and a tight core are the most important aspects of effective compound training.
Here are a few examples of compound movements with an exercise step:
TRADITIONAL STEP AEROBICS
And of course there’s always traditional aerobics (which I love).
Step aerobics is where is all started. Don’t underestimate the amount of fun you can have while burning a TON of calories doing step aerobics.
Here’s one of my favorite step workouts (that follows the classic step aerobics style):
*You can find Cathe Friedrich's Low Impact Circuit HERE on Cathe Friedrich's site (I'm not an affiliate but I love her programs).
An exercise platform is one of the most versatile pieces of equipment you can add to your home gym.
Don’t forget all the ways you can use it to create the most effective and fun home fitness program possible.
"Life is complicated. Fitness doesn’t have to be."