There are a few things to consider when formatting a class to teach.
1. Make sure the BPM of the music is appropriate: For step aerobics (or Hi/Lo floor format that you are suggesting you would like to teach) anywhere from 130-138 would be a safe tempo.
2. Find the 32 count: Every phrase of fitness music has four 8-counts which together, create a phrase. This is where you will plan your combonation. Listen for the up beat and down beat. You should be “stepping” on the up beat.
3. Get Ideas: Order fitness DVDs, attend classes, look up choreography online. Once you take some ideas, (or make up your own!) you will need to put them together. Don’t forget, since you are not confined to a step, dont be afraid to move big!
4. Plan a routine: Put the moves together in a way that flows. Make sure the routine can be done on the left and right foot, preferably one right after the other.
5. Teach it: Break it down one move at a time. Repeat the first move several times, then add the second move. Do them back to back. Introduce the third move, repeat it. Add the fourth move. Do the third and fourth move together a few times. Put them all together. Cueing ahead of time is the most important part of any class!!
6. Practice Practice Practice!
8 (4) Grapevine right (4) Power squat/ 2 jump claps
8 4 Skis R/L
8 4 Jumping Jacks
Repeat with left grapevine.