A buyer's guide to steppers
The main benefits to training with steppers are the following:
- · Intense toning of legs, thighs, glutes and calves.
- · Give a comfortable and easy cardiovascular workout.
- · Work your heart and improve circulation.
- · Gentle on your joints.
- · You can adjust the intensity, the positions and the exercise methods.
Although the stepper provides a simple exercise, certain aspects of the apparatus can guarantee a more comfortable workout, better adapted to the needs of the user, and so it is worth paying attention to these points before making your purchase:
- 1) Type of Stepper
- 2) Resistance
- 3) Display or screen
- 4) Maximum User Weight
1) Type of Stepper
There are basically two types of steppers: steppers and step machines. Steppers are much smaller and more economical than step machines, but the latter guarantee a more complete cardiovascular workout as well being more comfortable to use as they incorporate a support in the upper part which helps your workout.
The resistance of a stepper may be hydraulic or electronic. Hydraulic resistance is generated through air or a hydraulic liquid, and it can be adjusted by turning a pressure gauge. Electronic resistance guarantees smoother, less jerky movement with more predictable changes in resistance, while although the hydraulic steppers are cheaper, they are a little bulkier.
3) Display or screen
Some models include a screen on which you can see programmes and information relevant to the activity being carried out.
4) Maximum User Weight
Before acquiring a stepper, it is worth making sure that the user's weight is less than maximum weight authorised for use, as heeding this guideline guarantees that the machine will last a long time.