// The Pythagoras Step Experience

Why use one step when two can double the fun – or should that be triple? Min Lomo takes us on a geometrically inspired step journey, adding fun to the equation along with some clever choreography for you to take away.

Concept classes which use multiple steps have featured widely on group exercise timetables over the years. Today, multiple-step classes have evolved beyond the familiar double horizontal or vertical arrangement, towards a more ‘shape-orientated’ approach including arrangements such as ‘L’, ‘A’, ‘T’, ‘W’, ‘X’, ‘Wheelbarrow’ or ‘4-step’. With participants always on the lookout for fun, fresh challenges, this concept ticks all the boxes.

Prior to teaching multiple-step classes the following guidelines should be noted;

  1. This type of class is a lot of fun to teach provided you have enough steps to serve your participants. The increased number of steps and amount of space used means fewer participants will be able to take part in the class.
  2. Plan well in advance. The logistics of teaching a multiple step class are considerably more taxing than those involved in teaching a single-step class.
  3. Effective cueing is of paramount importance. Verbal and visual cues need to be concise, clear and delivered in advance. You will need to practice this beforehand.
  4. Keep it simple! The fun and challenge of a multiple-step class arises from the new planes and directions the step formations provide, so don’t overcook it with complex or rhythmically tricky moves!
  5. The pythagoras step set up
    Consider delivering a 90-minute class in order to fully explain the multiple-step concept. The introductory spiel to get everyone on the same page can be lengthy, depending on questions and the ability levels of participants. A 90-minute class also means you can take your time to breakdown the choreography and sell the concept to participants. Explore the possibility of delivering a longer session when consulting with your Group Fitness Coordinator prior to launching this style of class.
  6. Consider teaching with multiple instructors. Multiple steps with multiple instructors sounds so fitting – and it will also take the pressure off you!

So why is the following multiple-step class format called The Pythagoras Step Experience? Don’t worry – there’s no need to bring your calculators to class with you – it’s for the simple reason that the two steps are placed at right angles to each other, which brought to mind Pythagoras' theorem, a geometrical equation relating to the three sides of a right-angled triangle.

The Pythagoras Step Experience features two steps set at a right angle to each other on a reverse-L arrangement. Each participant has a horizontal step (Step1) in front of a vertical step (Step 2) to the right of them (see diagram right).

The following block provides a sample multiple-step workout. Take the lead from this block to build your own multi-directional step experience for participants.

WIDE MAMBO BLOCK
Count Move
1 -  9 Wide mambo (1) + reverse turn (2)
10 – 16 Stomp over (2) + step knee (OTF)
17 – 24 Double chasse (2 to 1) + cut the corner (1)
25 – 32 Reverse side lunges (2)

 

LEARNING CURVE

Base Moves: 3 x basic steps + 1 x single knee
(number in brackets indicates Step 1 or Step 2)

Count 1 – 16

  • 3 x V-steps + single knee (1)
  • Double stomps + single stomp + V-step + single knee (1)
  • Double stomps + V-step + single stomp + single knee (1)
  • Layer wide mambo over the double stomps (1) (photo 1)
  • Wide mambo off the side + V-step + single stomp + single knee (1)
  • Directional changes and incorporate step No.2 and vice versa
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + single stomp (2) + single knee (2)
  • Add holding pattern of 4 x basic steps

Count 1 – 32

  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + single stomp (2) + single knee (2) + 4 x basic steps (2)
  • Layer (six-point mambo + 4 x marches) over the first two basic steps
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + single stomp (2) + single knee (2) + six-point mambo (2) + 4 x marches (2) + 2 x basic steps (2)
  • Layer stomp over single stomp (photo 2)
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (2) + six-point mambo (2) + 4 x marches (2) + 2 x basic steps (2)
  • Layer double lunge behind over the basic steps
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (2) + six-point mambo (2) + 4 x marches (2) + double lunge behind (2)
  • Layer the single knee to go on the floor (OTF) (photo 3)
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + six-point mambo (2) + 4 x marches (2) + double lunge behind (2)
  • Layer travelling pattern to the six-point mambo from step No.2 to No.1 and vice versa
  • Wide mambo (1) + V-step (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + six-point mambo (2 to 1) + 4 x marches (1) + double lunge behind (1)
  • Layer reverse turn over V-step (photo 4)
  • Wide mambo (1) + reverse turn (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + six-point mambo (2 to 1) + 4 x marches (1) + double lunge behind (1)
  • Layer (travelling chasses + over the top) over (six-point mambo + 4 x marches) (photos 5 & 6)
  • Wide mambo (1) + reverse turn (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + travelling chasses (2 to 1) + over the top (1) + double lunge behind (1)
  • Layer cut corner over the top (photo 7)
  • Wide mambo (1) + reverse turn (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + travelling chasses (2 to 1) + cut corner (1) + double lunge behind (1)
  • Layer reverse side lunges over double lunge behind (photo 8)
  • Wide mambo (1) + reverse turn (2) + stomp over (2) + single knee (OTF) + travelling chasses (2 to 1) + cut corner (1) + reverse side lunges (1)

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Min Lomo
Min has over 17 years experience in the fitness industry as a group exercise coordinator, instructor and personal trainer. His passion for freestyle group exercise makes him a highly sought after instructor. Min is now based in Asia and is contactable on +62818371190 or minlomo@hotmail.com