I’m spinning around!

Adding turns and spins to HiLo or step adds variety and complexity. Just be sure to include non-spinning options for less able participants, says Stephen Parker.

 

If you want a fun and simple way to add variety and complexity to a HiLo or step class, including a turn or a spin to the choreography can do the trick. It can also feel really good and, for many, be quite a natural way to move. But spins are not for everyone. Some students may not have the skill level to safely execute the move, while others may have physical restrictions that prevent them from doing so. All it takes to put the dampeners on this fun addition is for a disorientated participant who feels obliged to perform the spin to mis-step and injure themselves.

With this in mind, it is recommended that when you create a HiLo or step routine, any inclusions of spins or turns also have an option for the routine to be performed without the spin or turn while still keeping everyone moving safely in the same direction. This personalises the workout and ensures that every participant can perform a routine that challenges their own particular abilities and maximises their enjoyment while also minimising risk.

Watch the video above for an example of a HiLo routine that contains two turns and one spin, including options.

Choreography


Final Product

Move

Counts

Lead leg

Direction

Option

Chasse

4

R

Side

Grapevine

Backward turn

4

L

Turning

Leg curl

Chasse

4

L

Side

Grapevine

Backward turn

4

R

Turning

Leg curl

Baby mumbo

6

R

Front

Marches

Spin

2

R

Turning

Marches

Knee repeater

4

R

Front

Knee repeater

 


Stephen Parker
With a background in classical dance, Stephen has been in the fitness industry for 16 years and currently holds the position of group fitness manager at Fitness First Darlinghurst, NSW. Having competed successfully in Sport Aerobics, he now focuses on helping fellow instructors develop their freestyle teaching skills. Stephen is co-presenter and assessor for the Elite Group Exercise (Certificate III) course for Network, and is committed to doing all he can to see more freestyle group exercise on club timetables.