marți, 19 iulie 2011

Stepper Second Hand - Despre Stepper

Stepper Second Hand - Despre Stepper

What is a Fitness Stepper and Can it Help You Lose Weight

A fitness stepper machine is a two platform exercise machine which simulates the stepping movement of walking up a staircase. Steppers vary greatly in design and weight, while others are made of heavy duty materials and some have resistance bands (rubber cords) attached which are intended to give you an upper body workout while the stepping movements strengthen and tone your legs.
How do Fitness Steppers Benefit You?
Stair steppers are designed to help you lose weight and unwanted calories, as well as develop, strengthen and define your upper and lower leg muscles.
Everybody wants to feel and look good, but sometimes people do not wish to sign up for a gym membership, while others suffer from low self esteem and low confidence levels. This is just one reason why using fitness steppers at home are a great way to build on those weaknesses, because you can exercise at your own pace and in your own time without fear of being 'watched'.
Another benefit is that they do not take up too much space. Some even fold away small enough that they can be stored in a closet while not in use. Although, generally they are light weight enough that you can move them to any corner of a room out of the way.
Stamina InStride Electronic StepperStamina InStride Electronic Stepper
Amazon Price: $39.00
List Price: $90.00
Phoenix Denise Austin 98107 Dual Action Mini StepperPhoenix Denise Austin 98107 Dual Action Mini Stepper
Amazon Price: $83.00
List Price: $119.99
Sunny Twister Stepper with Handle BarSunny Twister Stepper with Handle Bar
Amazon Price: $76.35
List Price: $149.00
Stamina Spacemate Folding StepperStamina Spacemate Folding Stepper
Amazon Price: $129.00
List Price: $149.99
Aerobic Twisting Stair StepperAerobic Twisting Stair Stepper
Amazon Price: $99.95

Are There Negatives to Home Fitness Steppers

Although you save money by not paying a membership fee, the cost of buying a sturdy fitness machine can be a draw back if you plan on working out on a regular basis. While most are cheap to buy, they are usually not durable enough to last a long time and you must also bear in mind that the basic types are usually not adjustable.

This becomes a problem when your fitness has increased over the time you have been exercising and you no longer have a strong and intense workout. You should do your due diligence before purchasing any fitness stepper and choose one to suit your level now, and in the future if you intend to use it on a permanent and regular basis. In this case you probably better off spending a little more to obtain a higher quality machine so your workouts do not become too long, thus making them a boring workout.
Twist Stepper

What Are the Different Types of Fitness Stepper

Starting from the top brands like Stairmaster and working down to more 'affordable' steppers, you have the Stairmaster which was the pioneering company of these aerobic workout machines. (They started with the Stairmaster 5000 in 1983, which was a rotating staircase or step treadmill).

Today they offer you a great workout on the Stairclimber and the Stepmill, but like I said these are unaffordable to normal folk like you and me! Well, unless you have over four thousand dollars lying around for one piece of equipment! (I certainly do not.)

In the mid price range (under $2,000) you have membership type fitness steppers, from manufacturers like Life Fitness and Bowflex. And then at the lower end of the market, and more affordable for home gyms at under $1,000 you have products as low as $45.00.

But these mini fitness steppers and the portable ones are not very durable. Although the manufacturers suggest they have a long life span, customer reviews say otherwise.

However, these smaller and cheaper machines do have some advantages. As discussed above, some are lightweight and require very little storage space and workout space. And the tendency for thousands of people is to buy one of these cheaper models and once they realize the health and fitness benefits of using them, they have developed the confidence to join a membership gym. Good on them, I say.
Elliptical Cross Trainer?

Would I Be Better Off Getting a Treadmill or an Elliptical Trainer

It depends on several factors. One is personal preference, while the other is finances. Elliptical cross trainers tend to be a little higher priced (if you want a sturdy one which is going to last you!), while treadmills are reputedly more durable. You can pick up a really great treadmill for under $400. So the mini home fitness steppers are a lot cheaper, but don't forget that you usually get what you pay for.

As for exercise benefits, my personal preference is the Elliptical trainer as this seems smoother and kinder on the knee joints than steppers, and I hate running - so I only ever use a treadmill for steep uphill walking, as a change from the elliptical. And elliptical's give a much more intense upper body workout with the 'cross ski' motion, as well as the obvious lower body movements.

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