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?
If we take the definition of ‘aerobic’ literally, we wouldn’t be teaching much. “Aerobic” activity is defined by the body meeting its need for oxygen, in which case, cooking classes, Spanish lessons, and a nice game of canasta would all qualify.
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.
Hey what’s wrong with leg warmers!!!???
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”