Step It Up

Mastermind Weekend 1/16

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I'm Tina

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.


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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?


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?


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.


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


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! 😉


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! 😀


On the side, I had a homemade salad.


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


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

See ya for dinner! 😎



  1. I am glad to hear that you like step. I have been a Step instructor for 6 years now and have been doing step for 11 years. I don’t want Step to die. I think some instructors have taken it too far with music that’s too fast, creating settings that lead to injuries and discouragement. The biggest problem I face with my advanced class is how to keep challenging them while trying to adapt the routine so new participants can learn it. My participants are in their 20s, 30s and 40s, so in my case it isn’t limited to one age group.
    Keep Step Alive!

  2. The makers of BodyPump put out a class called BodyStep which is an athletic take on the old leotards and legwarmers classes of the 80’s & 90’s. Its an incredible workout. You should see if you can find it somewhere. I bet you’d love it! I’ve been teaching BodyStep for almost 7 years. It’s very much alive in my club (especially with the 20-30 somethings!)

  3. Just started step– love it. Actually, at my gym I’ve seen more young people at the step classes than in, say, Zumba (which I also love). Perhaps it just depends on the region/population/instructors?

  4. My step teacher just said last week that she was worried step was going out of style. I hope not! I am obsessed. I am 5 months pregnant and it is a great low-impact workout with no risers.

  5. I enjoy step too. It’s a great workout. I’m not a huge fan of zumba…I just don’t care for the music or the moves. It doesn’t feel like an intense workout at all.

  6. I absolutely LOVED step classes! The more choreographed, the better. I just tried my first BodyStep class and I couldn’t have been more bored. The class was full, but I was watching the clock from early on in the class.

    I teach two different kickboxing formats (one of which is Turbokick) and just love it. I feel like Kickboxing sort of took over the step time slots at my gym…and slowly but surely Zumba is not starting to creep in. While I think Zumba is a fun class, I dont’ think it is as intense as kickbox (as far as caloric burn).

    different folks….. 🙂

    great blog!

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