How you're judged in Aerobics

  • Each competitor will present a 90 second routine choreographed to music, demonstrating all aspects of fitness.
  • The judges will be looking for strength and elegance, flexibility and poise.
  • Above all the routine should be entertaining. Props may be used.
  • Demonstrations of athletic ability, gymnastics and fitness endurance are preferred.
  • The personal theme and entertainment factor will be a major consideration.
  • Technical Scoring

    This is made up of 5 components.


    1. Intensity

    The Intensity will be assessed by looking at the choice and variety of movements which reflect competition routine. The ability of the competitor to display a high level of cardiovascular endurance and energy throughout the performance will also be assessed.


    2. Execution

    Execution is assessed by looking at the routine as well as challenging moves executed throughout the routine. Points are awarded for correct form and safety with particular reference to:

    • Control of limb lines - Controlled placement, neatly executed and fully extended arm, hand, leg, toe and neck lines will be assessed.
    • Body form and postural control - Controlled posture without excessive trunk movement on performance of moves scores better.
    • Skill Execution - A skill must be performed correctly to be deemed adequate to score by the judging panel.
    • Aerobic Content / Intensity / Appropriateness - The routine should include a minimum of 50% of a solid level of athleticism
    • Balance - Balance between standing, floor and to a lesser extent, airborne moves or jumps will be assessed.
    • Variety of moves - Excessive repetition will be judged less favourably than a continual display of different moves and combination of
      moves. A simple move that is performed well will be given more credit than a difficult move performed poorly.
    • Flexibility - Flexibility is assessed by looking at the routine. Points are awarded for the number, range of movement, ease of
      execution and quality of flexibility moves.
    • Strength - Points are awarded for the number, level, ease of execution and quality of strength moves demonstrated.


    3. Creativity Scoring

    Choreography will be assessed in 5 areas, in order of importance:

    • Creativity - Judges will assess the routine for innovation shown in selecting sequence of movements and limb lines. Innovative
      choreography may comprise old moves set in a unique way or new variations of old moves. Team members can be creative by making changes and
    • Use of Floor Space - The performance area should be used as fully as possible. Judges will be watching for a team to continually move
      around the competition area, rather than staying fixed in areas. Points will be awarded for the team’s ability to move as “one”.
    • Timing - The ability to stay in time with the music throughout the routine will be assessed. Points will be awarded for linking moves
      together in a smooth and flowing way.
    • Floor to standing moves - Efficient smooth transitions between standing and floor moves. Points are deducted for excessive time
      wasting or stilted (jerky) transitions.
    • Formation changes on stage – The ability to present interesting patterns on stage, and creativity and variety in transitioning for one
      formation / pattern to the next.


    4. Presentation Scoring

    Presentation is assessed based on the following:

    • Energy - Dynamic ability to put the routine across to the audience with appropriate body language, facial expression and eye contact
      that generates excitement and enjoyment to the audience.
    • Facial Expressions - Sincere, happy, varied and appropriate expressions. Facial expressions should change as is appropriate to the
    • Eye Contact - Ability to maintain eye contact with judges and audience.
    • Wow factor


    5. Entertainment Scoring

    • Musical Interpretation - Use of the different rhythms, the highs and lows, musical structure, mood and timing shown through
      choreography of routine structure will be assessed.
    • Originality - Use of innovation in terms of moves, sequences, transitions, or use of music that is innovative and original, will be