Aerobics is a form of physical exercise that combines rhythmic aerobic exercise with stretching and strength training routines with the goal of improving all elements of fitness (flexibility, muscular strength and cardiovascular fitness). Both the term and the specific exercise method were developed by Dr Kenneth H Cooper, an exercise physiologist, and Col Pauline Potts, a physical therapist, both of the United States Air Force. Like other forms of exercise, step aerobics helps burn calories and fat. The number of calories burned depends on the speed of movements, step height, length of exercise, and the person's height and weight.
On the Mahikeng Campus of the North-West University (NWU), aerobics training takes place at the Great Hall. This has also been one of the most outstanding sports codes at the campus for the past four years.
In order to promote the general well-being of students on the Potchefstroom Campus who do not participate in the official NWU Sport clubs, group training activities such as aerobics, Pilates, yoga, etc. are offered in the Sports Centre on a weekly basis. These activities are subject to the availability of private instructors and whether there is continued demand. For information regarding current activities and schedules, contact the Sports Centre.