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?
Yes, it is dated and it will hinder attracting new people to try it. I was just talking about the old aerobics classes to a fellow trainer earlier today. Its funny looking back at the evolution of group class crazes. It started out with aerobics which was a body weight keep you moving activity, to step which was the same thing with resistance, to basic Zumba which is the same thing as the old aerobics classes except with Latin music. lol
As a water aerobics instructor, I do not take offense at the term. However, I try to honor the parameters which the term ‘aerobics’ implies to me: getting people to move at moderate to vigorous intensity for a prolonged period of time.
However, for land based classes it is an umbrella term which can describe a lot of formats.
I don’t know that I would call it a “dated” term since I still hear it basically everyday. The term is bandied about in gyms, you can type and search the term on the internet, and even well-respected journals utilize the term. I don’t have a real problem with the term since for many lay-people it’s a term of art that they recognize and can identify with. The more important question/issue for me would be do we (fitness professionals) still treat and view it the same way? As you can tell from the answers above, we do not, and so therefore, no matter what someone calls it, the actual exercise methodology has been updated as our research and knowledge has changed.