AND FITNESS DATABASE -- AEROBICS
Aerobics is a form of exercise that comprises rhythmic aerobic
exercise with stretching and strength training routines with
the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility,
muscular strength, and cardio-vascular fitness). It is usually
performed to music in a group setting led by an instructor,
although it can be practiced solo and without musical accompaniment.
With the goal of preventing physical illness, practitioners
go through variable routines comprising a number of different
Formal aerobics 'classes' led by aerobics instructors are often
divided into beginner, intermediate and advanced classes, with
different routines and fitness goals for each, and many aerobics
classes allow participants to select their level of participation
according to their fitness level. A primary reason for engaging
in aerobics is weight loss. Although aerobics is typically practiced
to music, it is not to be confused with jazzercise or other
The word Aerobics means "using oxygen". When you do an aerobic
exercise, like Soccer, basketball, running, or Aerobics, you
are breathing. The oxygen passes through your body, as opposed
to using up the bodily storage like you do during Sprinting,
or bench pressing. Eventually, the muscles are filled with lactic
acid, which then takes rest to flush away. The main international
governing body for aerobics is the Féderation International
de Gymnastique, based in Liège, Belgium. It
was formed in 1881. Italian Bruno Gandi is the current president.
exercise gets the heart working to pump blood through the heart
more quickly and with more force than normal. As blood is pumped
faster, it must be oxygenated more quickly, which quickens respiration.
Aerobic exercise strengthens the heart and boosts healthy cholestrol
levels. Low impact aerobics include walking and swimming. Running,
tennis and dance are high impact aerobics.
and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) - Includes
an online trainer certification course, as well an online
Stepcenter - Provides animated choreography videos,
a step language dictionary, a music board, links, and
Strippersize - A dance-based class that combines
stripper-like moves with a cardio workout.
- DanceNet Fitness - Dance as an alternative to
mainstream fitness. Instructor and Studio listings by
Exercises - An online programme of exercises to
be incorporated into your everyday life.
- For professionals and enthusiasts. Articles, choreography
exchanges, videos, spinning database, sample programs,
personal training tips.
Harmony - Provides tips, news, and videos. Also
includes a member's only area.
- GetUpMove - Uses the video game "Dance Dance Revolution"
to exercise. Testimonials, introductory guide, forums.
Aerobic Programs - Jacki Sorensen's dancing, workout
and strong step classes includes the US and Australia.
Class locator, gear, videos.
- Jumpybumpy - Instructor portal offering aerobics
and step choreography, videos and music, conventions
and workshops, trainer listing.
Dogg Athletics and Spinning - Education, apparel,
forums, advice and accessories. Venice, California.
Move it - Fitness trainer and creative artist of
movement. English and German.
Walkfit - Brisk arm movement with the use of poles
in conjunction with walking, also a series of stretching
and toning exercises.
- Large repository of aerobics choreography and patterns
plus video reviews and an active discussion forum.
Vibe - AFAA instructor and examiner's site includes
forum, routines, news, tips, and guidance.