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I have a confession: I REALLY like step aerobics. Ok, I don’t like it as much as Body Pump or running, but it’s a close third when it comes to my favorite workouts.

After breakfast, I headed to the gym to try a new Step & Strength class. The first 40 minutes was devoted to step and the remaining 20 minutes to strength training and core work. It was a fast-paced class with a super energetic instructor and awesome tunes. Basically, the music was the Lady Gaga station on Pandora, but remixed into workout music. I loved it and totally geeked-out to the choreography! 😉

I had a blast bouncing around, flailing my arms, and exercising my body in a different way. By the end of class, I was dripping in sweat and pretty exhausted. I forgot that step aerobics is such a great workout!

Even still, I couldn’t help but notice that I was easily the youngest person in the class. Of course, there is absolutely nothing wrong with this, but it made me think that the step aerobics trend has passed?

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I started taking step aerobics classes when I was 16-years-old and continued to take them in college. When I moved to Boston, I took step classes here and there, but, over the years, it’s become harder and harder to find classes. Maybe it’s just the gyms that I’ve joined, but has anyone else noticed this same thing? Do you take regular step aerobics classes? Has this workout trend passed? Is Zumba the new Step?

Snack

When I got home from the gym, I quickly showered and grabbed a Nature’s Path Berry Strawberry granola bar to snack on. (It was just okay.) I had about 30 minutes to go grocery shopping and get myself to the dentist, so I had to make my time at home as quick as possible.

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At the dentist, I had two cavities filled, which means that I have two more to go! 😕

Lunch

By the time I got home, I was more than ready to eat lunch. I was in the mood for something cheesy, so I made a homemade pizza using a whole wheat pizza dough from Wildtree. The dough called for just two ingredients: warm water and grapeseed oil.

Please note the label on the grapeseed oil: Butter Flavor Grapeseed Oil. Um, yea, I have a feeling that this oil will come in handy in the future! 😉

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I topped the pizza dough with marinara sauce, shredded cheddar, green bell pepper, onion, and black olives. I also added some Garlic Gold nuggets to the dough. Holy yum! 😀

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On the side, I had a homemade salad.

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And roasted acorn squash with melted butter, cinnamon, and maple syrup. Mmm!

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I’ve been running around all morning, so it’s time to buckle down and get to work!

See ya for dinner! 😎

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59 Comments

  1. YUM! What a great Monday lunch!
    Yes, honestly I do think that step classes are slowly phasing out…there are a couple at my gym but there are a lot more Zumba and Body Pump style classes than step classes.

  2. BodyStep is very popular at my gym and I see people of all ages in the classes. Maybe it was the time of day that you went? I would think if it wasn’t a pre- or post-working hours class it would be a different crowd of older/retired people or trophy wives (or bloggers :)).

  3. I totally love step aerobics, too! I just moved to Richmond & haven’t really looked for any classes here, but it does seem that most gyms are getting away from aerobics & into other things. Too bad! I love the variety step adds to my weekly routine!

  4. I have a step at home and some Cathe Friedrich workouts for step that I sometimes do, but I’ve never seen a step class offered out. I think maybe it was a bigger trend in the late 80’s and 90’s than it is now. I guess fitness trends come and go, just like everything else.

  5. I LOVE step, but my gym only offers Body Step and I hate it. I love Body Pump, Combat and Attack, but hate Body Step. It’s too repetitive.
    When I lived in Georgia, I stepped 4-5 times a week. My instructors did challenging, tapless choreography that left me so tired at the end of class. I miss it so much.

  6. Step can be really fun. It’s actually still super popular at my gym because one of the instructors makes up some really fun routines.

    I can’t do her advanced routines because I’m not that coordinated. I stand there staring and scratching my head during half the class.

    Actually you can see some of her classes on Youtube. Her username is LethalLeslie

  7. I enjoy step classes a lot too – my gym offers Les Mills BodyStep and I like it a lot. The choreography is doable, but varied enough that it keeps you “in the moment”, focusing on the steps instead of the pain.

    But I agree, it’s hard to find classes. A lot of people think of Step as an ’80s thing, and a lot of classes aren’t necessarily as athletic – it depends on the instructor and the gym.

  8. I love step class, it’s really the only cardio class I’ve taken that leaves me dripping with sweat after wards!

    Melissa – most gyms in Richmond offer some version of step, I go to Gold’s and they have Body Step which I agree w/some of the others isn’t my favorite but it gets the job done.

  9. It does seem like it’s a faded trend in our age group. I’ve taken a few classes, but there aren’t that many offered around here either. It’s a shame because they ARE a great workout!

  10. I took a Zumba class the other day at my gym and was easily the youngest one (probably by a good 10 years). Slightly embarrassing, yet I couldn’t understand why?
    I might have to try step-I never have before.

    Ps. That pizza looks amazing!

  11. I’m glad you had a great class!! I really don’t hope that aerobics/step get replaced by things like Zumba, because they’re SO much fun! And if the instructor is right, then it’s even better. 🙂

  12. I LOVE aerobics! It’s honestly the only form of exercise I truly love–I discovered it about 4 years ago, and it’s all I’ve been doing since (although I’ve evolved beyond step into strength/cardio circuit training, it’s still the same idea) 🙂

  13. I also LOVE step aerobics! And, I definitely agree that the classes are getting harder to find. I always enjoy the Les Mills classes (Body Jam and Body Combat especially), but a good ol’ step class really gets the heart pumping! 🙂

  14. Roasted squash, yummm!! Perfect 🙂

    Honestly..I really dislike step aerobics even though it’s a ridiculously kick-butt workout. I think it had to do with my past instructor. Her attitude annoyed me and I’d get really frustrated. :/

  15. I love step, too! It was the first class I took at the first gym I joined and I’ve never found anything I loved quite so much. Unfortunately, our teeny gym doesn’t offer it and I’ve never found a DVD that could compete with the energy of a class.

  16. @Taryn:

    Could it possibly have been Zumba Gold? I know my Zumba instructor also teaches Zumba Gold which is for middle-aged and older. I love Zumba!!

  17. You know, we don’t have many step classes at our gym here in northern CA, but we do use the step in my boot camp class once in a while. I think the trend has passed somewhat. Plus, I think many people have problems with their knees and step class is difficult. Have a great day!

  18. Our gym (in Melbourne) runs a couple of weekly Les Mills Bodystep classes and there’s always about 50 people in each class of all ages. I love it!
    By the way, my husband loves when I forward him the Murphy-relevant articles. We have two pugs so we get a laugh from the similar mannerisms!

  19. Aaahh I love the photo of the Berry bar with your baby in the background, so cute. I remember the first (and last) I went to step aerobics. I think it was about 10 years ago! I am way too uncoordinated – I learn the moves when they are moving on the next one. No joke. But I love taking classes that use the step. And I love using the aerobics studio where there isn’t a class in there and grabbing some weights and making use of the step. Love love love doing that!!

  20. It’s funny how even exercise has trends, isn’t it?! But I say go with whatever floats your boat, no matter if your fellow classmates still have 80s perms 😀

  21. Oh goodness..I miss Healthworks’ classes! I used to work at the Cambridge gym, and I LOVED having access to such a great facility, especially all the classes!! After leaving there, it’s not really in the budget to go back, but I miss it soo soo soooo much!!! 🙁

  22. I take Step classes 2-3 times a week and there are all ages at the classes from teens to grandmas. I think that classes during the day often have a larger population of older adults while younger people are woring or at school.

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