Most health clubs have wood floors, but you can do step aerobics on carpet.
The versatility of the aerobic step does not end with ever-changing choreography, strength-training benefits and weight-bench substitutions. Its adaptability extends to the flooring, as the step can be used on many types, including carpeting. This is a nice option if you use the step at home, as many houses have a greater area of carpeted flooring than other types such as wood or linoleum.
The requirements for step aerobics are few. You need the aerobic step, or platform, upon which you step up and down; it not require any assembly, making it a nice at-home piece of equipment. You do need to wear supportive shoes that will not slip or grip the carpeted floor. The International Fitness Association recommends staying light on your feet and imagining the floor is glass so you step lightly onto the carpet.
Your carpet at home is most likely installed over a cushioned pad on top of wood. This surface provides extra protection for your ankles, knees and hips. Instead of stepping down onto a hard surface and requiring your joints to absorb the impact, the carpet cushion reduces the impact slightly. Regardless, your whole leg should act as a shock absorber, with your knees slightly bent and your heel in contact with the carpet.
Away from Home
You also may encounter carpeted floors when performing step aerobics at fitness centers, gymnasiums or churches. While carpet is an acceptable option, use caution if the carpet is installed on top of concrete without padding. Concrete does not allow for shock absorption, and this means your step workout becomes a higher-impact session. If you are exercising on carpet over concrete, keep your exercises low, without jumping, to protect the joints of your lower body.
Slippery When Wet
The ideal type of flooring for step aerobics is a spring floor. You find many aerobic studios made with wood flooring that is installed in a way that the floor seems to float. This reduces much of the impact on your lower body. One problem that can result is from sweat: A large amount of sweat on hardwood floors makes it slippery. In contrast, carpet absorbs that sweat, so you can concentrate on your workout and not worry about slipping when you step down from the platform.