While Zumba has taken most of the popular time slots in gyms around the world, studios are still well stocked with step benches in the corners—some even collecting dust. But did Zumba really kill Step?
As an instructor who teaches both Step Aerobics and Zumba, I’ve gotta say, Zumba is hot! hot! hot! The energy is contagious. My playlist explodes with different international styles and Latin flavors, and the hour flies by! Classes are so packed that sometimes it’s impossible to see the instructor. Zumba is taught mostly through visual cues, and as a participant if you can’t see your instructor, you may not be following exactly–but who cares? You improvise – keep moving- and let loose. For one hour we feel sexy, young, and free—I’m not a housewife, I’m a goddess as I shake my hips and bootie to the beat, adding shimmies with attitude. Before class, I don’t even have to stress about what to wear—it’s my hot pink Zumba cargos and matching top.
Here are the top three reasons why Zumba won’t kill step:
o LOW IMPACT – Step is less wear and tear on your body, and I burn just as many calories as I do in my Zumba class.
o TONING – Step shapes and firms up many problem areas of your body. Craving more intensity? You don’t have to shake it harder or faster, just simply add a riser.
o STAYING POWER – Step was introduced almost a quarter of a century ago, which is older than most Zumba instructors. Step works for every level of fitness, making it a well-rounded choice.
If you’ve never tried Step my best piece of advice would be to take the time to find a Step instructor you like. If not at your local gym, try an at-home Step workout. Online fitness DVD stores can be a great place to start, and most offer money back guarantee’s. YouTube is also a great resource. Finding the right instructor is like finding a good pair of jeans. You may have to try a few, but you will be ecstatic when you find the right fit.
To get you started, try my best selling workout ‘Step by Step’. You may find out something many fans already know. Step is not dead!