Step aerobics, not your average workout

Step aerobics, not your average workout
Don't give up on this exercise format. You can do it!

Let’s face it: step aerobics is not your average workout. Going up and down on that step board to a rhythmic beat hearing cues for directional moves you don’t know should drive anyone completely mad! How de-conditioned exercisers stay in the class and learn the moves is beyond me. But people do, just like I did, and learning this style of aerobics has completely changed my life!

As a fitness instructor, I think people think I just naturally am able to do all the choreography with ease. But nothing could be further from the truth. As I explain to my participants, nobody jumped out of their mother’s womb knowing how to do a Basic Right, Hop Turn, Charleston Kick, and all the other moves in Step. All I did like everybody else who loves Step, was to keep taking the class. But that’s the hard part, for both the instructor and the participants. You have to keep going. I even have to yell sometimes, “Don’t leave. It takes practice!” And in most cases, they don’t leave. They stay, and this is makes my day. Nothing brings me more  joy than seeing new members come into my class  and then be  lost, uncoordinated, tired, and sweating profusely–and yet, with all this, they stay; and I love it, because to me, it symbolizes the essence of life.

Life is like a step aerobics class.

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When we first start, we see other people just bobbing up and down on the board like they have it all together, when they probably just learned “Turn-Straddle-Turn” themselves. And yet, the truth is, if we don’t worry about how well our neighbor learns the moves and just stay in our own lane, or in this case, on our own step board, we can have just as good as a workout as the person next to us who can “Sashe- Turn-Mambo and Kick.” It’s just a matter of perspective. The key? Not giving up.

No, step aerobics is not your average workout. But with practice, perseverance, and patience, you can take your “Knee Around the World” just like the best of them. Until then, just keep it Basic, but more than anything, just keep going!

****************************************************************************************************************************About Me: I’m a wife and mother of six daughters and fitness instructor at the best fitness facility in the world–a church!!! I work for The Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center on the South side of Chicago. I hold a graduate degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion as well as an advanced degree in Writing. When I read of all the sages of all this world, they say, align your passion with your purpose and you are living a blessed life, and that is exactly where I am now. My life is in complete alignment with my higher purpose, which is to share the love of God with everyone and that they can live happy, fit lives. In the gym, I help people with their fitness goals, and outside of the gym, I help people with their nutritional goals through the blessing of the Body by Vi 90 Day Challenge. For more information on The Challenge, you can visit my site–, and if you would like to take a class at the Kroc Center, come out and join us! You are welcome! For class schedules and Kroc Center information, go to

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