Les Mills - BODYSTEP™
BODYSTEP™ is the energizing step workout that makes you feel LIBERATED and ALIVE! Using a height-adjustable step and simple movements on, over and around the step you get huge motivation from sing-a-long music and approachable instructors. Cardio blocks push fat burning systems into high gear followed by muscle conditioning tracks that shape and tone your body.
Each of the music tracks in a BODYSTEP™ class has a specific exercise focus. Together they create an energizing, full body workout. Remember that BODYSTEP™ caters to all fitness levels and you can increase or decrease the intensity of the workout by raising or lowering the height of your step.
A typical BODYSTEP™ class will first take you through a warm-up, then it's on to basic movements, where you will learn to step correctly. We'll gradually lift the intensity and range of movements. You will then start to break a sweat as you lift the energy and your heart rate up to the first two fitness peaks, each followed by recovery time that focuses on strength and toning. Next is the party track, followed by the speed track. The third and final cardio peak gives you the option to really push it. You'll then be able to catch your breath as you move to the floor for conditioning work on the upper body and abdominals. Then you'll stretch it out as you cool down after an intense workout!
How does BODYSTEP™ benefit me?
- Burns lots of calories (average 620 calories per class!) for a leaner body
- Improves your strength through core conditioning work
- Raises your overall fitness level
- Improves your coordination
- Improves your heart and lung capacity through an hour long cardio workout
How coordinated do I have to be to do BODYSTEP™?
It usually takes a few BODYSTEP™ classes before you start to feel comfortable on the step, but don’t give up! With each class you attend you’ll feel more at ease and eventually totally alive with BODYSTEP™. Start on a low step height and focus on your feet before trying the arm movements. If you get lost in a move, continue stepping with a move that you feel comfortable with until you feel up to the challenge.
How often should I do BODYSTEP™?
Classes are best done with a rest day between them, to give your body time to recover. On your ‘off’ days consider a low-impact class like BODYFLOW™. For best results, aim to take three BODYSTEP™ classes a week.
What do I need to bring/wear to BODYSTEP™ class?
- Comfortable workout clothes.
- Gym shoes. We recommend cross-trainers over running shoes, because they’ll give you better foot support for the types of movement you’ll be doing in class.
- Drink bottle.
- Towel. You’re going to get sweaty!