The step aerobic squat, a moderately difficult exercise to perform, incorporates the benefits of cardiovascular endurance and compound muscle recruitment. The addition of the step aerobic squat to your exercise routine will also increase range of motion and flexibility, which will allow you to perform more complicated aerobic sequences. Maintain an elevated heart rate to burn calories. The faster you perform this exercise, the better.
Things You'll Need
- Step aerobics platform
Learn the correct squat technique before you attempt to incorporate the step aerobic squat into your exercise routine. Practice in front of a mirror or videotape yourself as you perform the motion. Correct any flaws in your technique.
Keep your back slightly arched and your gluteus maximus tight for the duration of the movement.
Insert the step aerobics squat into your routine at a sequence that allows both of your feet to be firmly planted on the floor.
Place your feet shoulder-width apart. Lower your body and return to full extension three times. Keep a slight bounce at the lowest point of the movement and avoid any delay in motion.
Tips & Warnings
- Your flexibility will greatly determine your range of motion when you perform the step aerobics squat, so keep your lower body limber.
- Your should perform the exercise with correct technique at all times. Practice the movement in front of a mirror with only your body weight until you have perfected the technique.
- Pulled muscles and knee problems are often the result of an attempt to perform the exercise with incorrect technique. Do not attempt to add the squat into your step aerobics routine until your form is perfect.
- Discontinue the exercise and consult a physician if you experience any discomfort in your knees or lower back.