Would you consider "Aerobic Classes" as a dated term?
Every now and then I run across a facility or two that still refers to group fitness or group exercise classes as, "Aerobics Classes". With the growing trends in the fitness industry ( boot camps, HIT classes, and cross fit) becoming all the craze. Do you think that using the term, Aerobic hinders a group exercise program?
All the recycled classes have pretty fancy names attached to them these days!
I think the word aerobics got "picked up" as THE phrase for a decade kindof like the word CORE today....
However, for land based classes it is an umbrella term which can describe a lot of formats.
We actually had a few fitness center members asking us to bring "old school" aerobic classes back! Of course, this group just happened to be about my age.
Hey, you really can't go wrong with a box step, grapevine and step curl!!
So I teach a Cardio Interval class and I mix it up and incorporated some of the classic aerobic dance moves ... "shake your booty"
Many of the commercial gyms in our area offer these "aerobic" classes and they are called various names like "Hi-Lo Retro" or "Old School-style"
For our college crowd at the University of Cincinnati, we don't use the term aerobics, as it doesn't fit them. But we also offer classes for the employees of a local hospital, and they like the term as they are familiar with it.
Are you able to survey those you are scheduling for? Maybe start there. Or consider teaching the same class but change the name every session to see if one draws a larger crowd.
I believe we've reached a point that we should be naming what we teach in a way that describes what the client will experience. Everyone knows what 'Step' and 'Spin' refer to; appropriate naming helps to eliminate the fear of the unknown for potential clients.
I haven't heard that term since the 80's!
The term is probably oudated because it's very vague (spin classes could be seen as aerobic classes).
The term 'aerobic' isn't outdated (especially in the clinical field) but as far as the general public is concerned the term 'aerobic classes' is as dated as an Atari 2600!