Step training offers a great workout that tones the major muscles of the lower body with movements that are easier on the joints than traditional floor aerobics. Denise Austin's Step Workout showcases the basic choreography and terminology of step training. This 40-minute class works the quadricep, gluteal, and hamstring muscles through repetitive stepping motions and various combinations that incorporate the upper body as well. Uncomplicated step instruction is the emphasis throughout this session with repeaters, V-steps, and turn steps peppered throughout "basic rights" and "basic lefts" (these are terms used to describe the motion of the lead foot that steps up on the bench and then steps down to the floor). Isolating movements such as bicep curls, lateral raises, and tricep kick backs are done while stepping. The utilization of upper and lower body muscles provides an overall workout that offers increased stamina and strength to any exerciser. The cardiovascular benefits of this program are substantial, and the moves may be less jarring (which may be great for those with knee, back, or hip problems) than running or high impact aerobics. If participants use full range of motion, controlled steps, and keep accurate form in mind, this layout can't go wrong. Austin provides the foundation for a safe and effective workout and even teaches beginners how to find their target heart rate range. The cardio set is rounded out with 10-minutes of floor conditioning that highlights inner and outer thigh, gluteal, and abdominal muscles. A mat and a step are necessary for this program. --Olivia Voigts
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