Originally Posted by babyharley
Are step classes really fun?
Here comes the instructor in me, I just can't help myself!
Cardio is very much a personal thing. Step is high impact, so you need to have no problems with your knees in order to participate without pain. Step also requires a great deal of coordination. Most larger gyms will offer varying skill levels for step (prep, beginning, intermediate, advanced, insane) and it is definitely the kind of class that you need to learn the basics of. I personally love step and have a great time doing it. However I also have a dance background and am very used to picking up on moves, progressions, and timing. It's always worth it to give it a shot, starting with a beginner or prep class, and if you don't like it...at least you've tried!
There are SO many different kinds of group exercise classes, and all are great and worth checking out. For instance, at the gym I teach at (a university gym and VERY large) there are 25 different types of classes offered this semester, with a total of 85 classes being taught a week!
The point is that there is something for everyone and there's not one type of class that everyone will universally agree upon.
Someone mentioned kickboxing classes being dangerous if tried as an actual self-defense, this is true, these classes are NOT meant to teach anyone self-defense. Generally if you are taking kickboxing at a regular gym they are simply teaching you Cardio Kickboxing and there is no technique gone over. To actually take kickboxing for self-defense one would actually need to find a school or location that teaches it for a fee.
Just remember everyone, it's important to integrate proper muscle training in with cardio in order to get the best, leanest, most toned results! Someone else mentioned the classes done using the balls. I actually teach that class right now, it's called On-The-Ball at our gym, and is a GREAT and fun way to work on toning and defining or making a lean muscle.
And now I think I'm done! Sorry for the loooong response, I just love teaching and can't help but respond when I see stuff like this!