What is a great workout machine that you are not using?
The Stair Stepping machine!
Why are you not using it?
Maybe you belong to a gym that has one or two, but they are always occupied, usually by someone with a great figure who is very sweaty. (the stair master is an intense workout).
Maybe you never thought a stair stepping machine was a viable option for the home gym. (It actually is an option).
Best Stepper Machines
|ProForm Cardio HIIT Elliptical Trainer|
|StairMaster SM3 StepMill|
|Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Cardio Machine|
|Bowflex TreadClimber TC10|
|Kettler Montana Stair Stepper|
The stair stepper machine is not only great for Cardio, but it strengthens the leg muscles as well, sculpting the legs, behind, hips and claves. It has less impact than running and the treadmill, and works for people at all fitness levels.
If you want to explore the benefits of this rear shaping cardio option, keep reading.
I am going to explain just how stair stepping machines will benefit you and review 10 of the hottest, best stepper machines available in 2018.
- First Things First, What is a Stair Stepper Machine?
- What are the Benefits of the Best Stepper Machines Compared to other Cardio Machines?
- What to Pay Attention when Choosing a Stepper
- Top 10 Stepping Machines for 2018 with Reviews
- Precor CLM 835 Commercial Series Stair Climber
- Jacobs Ladder StairWay GTL Ultimate Stair Climber
- Bowflex Max Trainer M7 Cardio Machine
- Avari Programmable Stepper
- StairMaster GAUNTLET Series 8 StepMill
- Bowflex TreadClimber TC10
- Kettler Home Exercise/Fitness Equipment: Montana Stair Stepper
- StairMaster SM3 StepMill
- ProForm Cardio HIIT Elliptical Trainer
- StairMaster 7000 PT Stepmill
First Things First, What is a Stair Stepper Machine?
A stair stepper machine is essentially a cardio machine, designed to mimic the action of climbing stairs.
Target muscles of the stair stepper are:
There are three general styles of stair stepper machines.
Rotating or revolving stepmills – Stairmasters are famous for have revolving stairs that move around and around as you step. They look like traditional steps, except they move down and around as you step up.
Vertical motion Pedal Steppers – This type of stepper is usually less expensive than the revolving staircase designs. The steps move up and down, as you step. They are designed to keep in contact with your foot at all times.
Hybrid machines – there are several step machines that have pedals, like the vertical step machine, but follow an elliptical, or oval, path as you move. These machines often have arm handles that move and bear some resistance as well, giving a full body workout.
What are the Benefits of the Best Stepper Machines Compared to other Cardio Machines?
Shaping, toning, building leg muscles
The stair stepper is special among cardio machines. It is able to give an aerobic workout, with a strength training workout for the legs.
This works to build muscle, shaping the butt, thighs and calves into the sexy body you want.
You may not realize, but there are several ways to use the revolving Stairmaster to work various muscles.
You can work the inner thighs by stepping up sideways. Face backwards and step up (slow speed, please) to work calves. To further tome the butt, try skipping a step and stepping up two at a time.
Great for home gyms
The versatility of step machines makes them a good choice for a home gym.
Steppers both give an intense workout and help lose weight, as well and tone and strengthen, and several models are compact enough for a bedroom or apartment.
Some people go to the gym just to use the Stairmaster. Why travel when you can get that workout at home any time you want?
Good Cardio option for Senior Citizens
Low impact exercise just 15 minutes a day can increase life span and quality of life in senior citizens.
The Stairmaster can be adjusted to go as slow or fast as the senior can manage, and many are made with a low step up to make them easy to get on and off of.
During injury recovery
Stairmasters, and especially hybrid elliptical steppers are very low impact and easy on the joints.
One study used the Stairmaster on cyclists with knee injury and found that the Stairmaster had no negative effect, and helped the cyclists maintain fitness.
What to Pay Attention when Choosing a Stepper
Machine Height, size and Weight
There are several machines in the reviews below that fit well in a home gym, bedroom or small apartment.
However, traditional revolving stair mills tend to be large, heavy, and tall, sometimes requiring 9 or 10 foot ceilings. Be aware of the unit size and measure your intended space before choosing the best stepper machine
Think about if you will ever need to move the unit.
Some Stairmasters weigh three or four hundrend pounds, while other stair steppers have manageable weights. In the reviews below are the best portable steppers, if you need one you can move.
Standard step height is 8”, and there are those that have a height as low as 6 and as high as 12.
Decide what height you are comfortable with before deciding on a machine.
Steppers vary quite a bit in the console and display. Some have simple basic displays with just workout data, while others have more involved consoles that allow you to choose different workouts, play music, upload and download data, connect to apps etc.
Stairmaster even has a unit where you can choose a console from three choices, and includes challenges like climbing the Eiffel tower.
Needless to say, the more intricate the console, the higher the price tends to be.
Top 10 Stepping Machines for 2018 with Reviews
Remember, the best stepper machine for you is one that fits the space you have for it, is aligned with your budget, and meets your fitness goals.
There is no denying, stair stepper machines offer an intense, low impact, cardio workout that tones legs and backside and torches calories quickly.
Stair steppers are a great asset to any home gym.
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