What is aerobics?
Aerobic literally means with oxygen and refers to the use of oxygen in an energy-generating process for muscles. Thus Aerobics describes any type of exercise, typically performed at moderate levels of intensity for extended periods of time, which increases your heart rate. There are various types of aerobic exercise. Also, aerobic exercise confers many health benefits like it helps to burn calories very effectively and, if performed regularly, it increases the basal metabolic rate, both of which help in losing weight. So what is the role of choreography in aerobics? Read ahead to know!
What is aerobics choreography?
How fast are the beats? Are the steps high-impact with lots of jumps, hops and skips or is one foot always kept in contact with the floor for a low-impact workout? Or are you supposed to be using both levels of impact? What will the answers to all these depend upon? Well, the answers to all the above will depend upon the choreography. Choreography is the one of the main components of aerobics training beside the music, breakdown, cueing and communication. The choreography surrounds all phases of aerobics from the warm up to the cool down. How one goes about aerobic exercise completely depends upon the choreography.
The choreography can either be very complex with long, complicated patterns or is it kept very simple. As in dance, the choreography depends upon the music chosen for performing. It is the choice of the choreographer whether to use athletic steps like knee lifts, hamstring curls, squats and marching in place or to use a less exerting set of moves. It also left to the choreographer whether or not to include any arm moves. There is different aerobic choreography, for different styles of aerobics. For steps aerobics, two styles are generally presented. These are – The ‘take it from the top’ style, where long combinations of steps are built and one step or short multi-step pattern is introduced and practiced. When each new step or pattern is added it is practiced alone and later added to the others. The other style teaches footwork in stand-alone blocks. Here, a short series of steps are taught for each of the blocks and then the pattern is repeated many times.