Team Step Aerobics

Step Aerobics

Lesson Topic

Team Step Aerobics

Lesson Description: 

This is a fun way to introduce step aerobics to your class while incorporating communication, collaboration, and creativity in a group setting.

Learning Goals/Outcomes: 

Students will be able to create a step aerobics sequence.  Students will use teamwork, cooperation, communication and other networking skills to complete the task.

Nebraska Standards:

PE.HS.8.3.c Selects and performs multiple aerobic activities which provide enjoyment. PE.HS.8.3.a Exhibits etiquette, behavior, and respect for others while engaging in aerobic activity.

Teacher Planning:

Equipment/Materials Needed: Step Aerobic Boxes, A song with a good rhythm. ( Ex. Can’t Stop The Feeling from Trolls)

Time Required for Lesson: 30-40 minutes.

Diagram/Setup: Have a plan on how to split your Class into groups of 4.  Each person in the group needs a box.

 Technology Use:

    YES               _X NO

Instructional Plan:

Anticipatory Set/Pre-Activity:

Before this group project begins you need to create your own 16 count step series to use as a demonstration for the activity.

Ex: 2 slow basic right steps for an 8 count, 2 quick toe taps on top of step for a 4 count, 2 body squats for a 4 count.

Benefits/Explanation/Real-World Connection:

This activity gives students the opportunity to work as a team and collaborate which are essential social skills.  This will also force them to communicate with their classmates and give them the chance to showcase their own personality.


Activities (i.e. instructions, warm-up, lesson, cool-down):


  1. Have all students get a step aerobics box and spread out in your workout space.  Making sure they have enough distance to perform the movements safely.
  2. Teach the class your 16 count step routine.  Go through it a few times until the majority of the class has it down.
  3. Now split your class into small groups of four students.  Have the students take their steps with them to their new group.
  4. Explain to the class that each person in the group is going to create a 4 count routine for the step.  The group will piece all four routines together to make a 16 count routine.
  5. Play the music and let the groups collaborate and be creative for 5-8 minutes.  Then remind them that they want to piece it together so it flows. (give them another 5 minutes to get that down)
  6. Once groups have their routine down combine two groups of four together and form a group of eight.  Have each group teach the other group their 16 count routine. Give them another 8-10 minutes to do this.  Then tell the groups to put their routines together to make it a 32 count routine.  (Give them 5-8 minutes to get that down.  
  7. Then have them add your 16 count routine to theirs.  So now they will have a 48 count routine.
  8. Finally, have one group volunteer to teach the entire class their 48 count routine. This will take the remainder of the class and you may not even get it down but the kids will be laughing and requesting to do the activity again.



At the end of the class time remind the kids how fun it can be to workout with a group of friends.  You can talk about how they are feeling mentally and emotionally after collaborating with their peers for the entire class time.


Assessment :

This is a good activity for assessing the standard PE.HS.8.3.a

Supplemental Information:

-Teacher can design the workout to fit their personal class styles/preferences

-Can do it dumb bells or weighted bars to make it a modified body pump workout too.

Safety Precautions:

Make sure students have proper space to complete the workout safely.  Make sure students have workout shoes that can be tied.

Comments (adaptations for various grades/ages, teaching styles, etc.)

Students really enjoy this workout.  I am sure you can modify it for any age group.