Learn Easy Ways To Teach Aerobics

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Teaching Aerobics is the bread and butter of what we do as fitness instructors, and with the introduction of so many different class formats it is becoming more and more important to be able to teach fun, effective classes to a wide variety of customers.

So how can you achieve this?  Well here is a trick that I have learnt and that you are more than welcome to use.

As an instructor it is really important to be able to teach to the beginner as well as the intermediate and advanced client.  The best and easiest way to do this is to layer in all progressions in a systematic manner.  This way your beginners can stay with the basic versions, while your intermediates can do their triple somersaults and double toe loop variations!

Let us use the following as an example.  I am going to choose the following to work with.

 16 count combination.

 

Counts Lead Leg Travelling Movement Facing
1-2 R Forwards 2 x march Front
3 R Ots 1 x mambo Front
4-6 R Back 3 marches turning Full turn
7-10 L Ots 1 x reverse V step turning Full turn
11 – 16 N Ots 1 x step twist double knee variation Front

 

The first thing I always do is establish a base move which lasts the duration of the finished article.  So if my end product is 16 counts then my base move will also last 16 counts.  As this combination changes lead leg, then my base move must change lead leg also. The step twist I know comes from a double knee repeater, so that will be part of my base move.

 Here are the steps that you could use to layer in the relevant changes

 Step  1            Begin with 2 v steps, 2 marches, 2  knee repeater (base move)

Step 2             Layer in the march forwards and mambo on ct 3 over the v steps.

Step 3.            Layer in the reverse v step over the marches.

Step 4.            Layer in the turns over the march back and the reverse V

Step 5             Layer in the step twist over the 2 knee repeater.

 So you see from simple beginnings an intermediate combination has been created, with the minimum of stress!!

 As another example let’s use this as a final combination 

Counts Lead Leg Travelling Movement Facing
1-2 R Forwards 1 x chasse forwards Front
3 -5 L Ots 1 x step mambo Front
6-7 R Back 1 x chasse back Back
8-10 L Ots 1 x step mambo Back
11 – 16 L Ots 1 x step knee ball change combination Front

Here are the steps that you could use to layer in the relevant changes

 Step  1            Begin with 2 v steps, 2 marches, 2  knee repeater (base move)

Step 2             Layer in the chasse forwards double stomp chasse back double stomps.

Step 3.            Layer in the directional change over the chasse back

Step 4.            Layer in knee ball change over the 2 knee repeater

This is just one tip and techniques that I have used to teach masterclasses around the world.  If you would like to know more and for examples of video choreography, masterclass presentations and loads more aerobic teaching resources, then click here

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