Name: Nex Level Fitness
Location: Chalfont, PA
Exercise Type: Power Step – OK, so when we think of “Step Classes” we think of old ladies, wearing sweatbands, high socks, and high-top sneakers. Can you picture it?
When we first walked in, we met Michele and she asked if we had ever taken a step class before. When we told her “no” she got a huge smirk on her face. We knew we were in for it. Michele told us that a lot of the people in the class were experienced, and if we couldn’t see her (and sometimes we couldn’t because there were a lot of people in class) that we could look at a more experienced person. She told us the main thing is to keep moving, because that we what we are here to do… exercise and burn calories! She also warned us that we might feel a little lost, and not to be discouraged because a lot of the people in the class come every week and don’t necessarily have to think about the ques she will be calling out. We’ll get to that later.
We enter into class, get our step deck/boards all set up, and we wait, anxiously. Another woman approached us and gave us another great tip. She told us that even if we can’t keep up with the que, to make sure we are always on the same side (left/right). This came in handy! Class started with pretty basic moves, alternating knee lifts on the step deck/board (or travels as they call them). We got this. How hard can this be? Does it just go faster, and that is what makes it hard? HA! We spoke too soon. A five step mamba? What the heck is that! Let’s just say we don’t remember all of the harder ques, but they were challenging for us. We struggled at times, BUT we had so much fun doing it! As we looked around the room, it was so awesome to see all of the people being able to keep up and be on point with their movements. We now know that step is really something you need to practice to get the ques down.
Place: Fitness center
Day of the Week: Saturday
Time: 8:30-9:00 AM – Class was only 30 minutes, which was a nice surprise! A lot of the people in the class paired this class with either the Tabata class right before or Muscle Mix right after.
Price: First week of classes are FREE; Variety of packages and memberships available; Drop in $20
What to Wear: T-shirt/tank top; leggings/shorts; sneakers
What to Bring: Water
What is Provided: Step deck/board
Level of Experience: The class was filled with more experienced people than we are used to, BUT there were a few newbies in addition to us.
Gender Majority: Mainly women, but there were a few men
Age Group: Various; a mix of ages seen in class. We are in our early 30’s and would say we were in the middle.
Welcoming: Yes! We met Michele before going into class and she gave us some tips (see “Exercise” above). After class she spent more time with us going over the class, and explaining how people get better with time, and it almost becomes second nature to them. She urged us to come back and try it again, and we both agree that we will.
Unique Features: Step is unique in itself! We have never taken a class like this before and we were not prepared for the energy we felt in this class… it was amazing!
Thank you so much for having us! We can’t wait to come back! If you haven’t checked out Nex Level – Chalfont you should! There are so many classes offered, you will be guaranteed to find one you like.
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