Buying Guide: How to Choose an Aerobic Stepper

Step-by-step Instructions

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Step 1

Using an aerobic stepper during your workout helps build endurance and strength. A stepper is especially great for use in home gyms and fitness areas.

Step 2

Most are made of heavy-duty polyurethane (with one or two made of steel) and come with risers that let you adjust the stepper’s height from 4 to 8 inches. Although some - generally the more expensive ones - will adjust to 12 inches high.

Step 3

The higher the step, the more intense your workout will be.

Step 4

Stability is important in choosing a stepper. Make sure the legs or base grip the floor or carpet without slipping or scratching when you step onto the top surface.

Step 5

The surface itself should be sufficiently broad and made of a non-slip material to insure your safety.

Step 6

Be sure to check the weight limit before choosing a stepper. Some are marketed to women and hold only to 200 pounds. Others will hold 300-plus pounds.

Step 7

Portability may or may not be important to you. If you intend to take your stepper outside for workouts, you’ll need a lightweight model. If you only intend to use the stepper in the gym or at home, choose a bigger, heavier style.

Step 8

Prices range from about $20 to more than $100, depending on weight and construction. Most fall into the $40 to $60 range and are a good investment for the home fitness enthusiast.

Step 9

Click on the links below to see the variety of aerobic steppers available at amazon.com.

Special Attention

Difficulties people often experience or parts that need special attention to do it right.

Stability is important when selecting a stepper. Make sure it has a non-slip base and treads on the steps.

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Brand Product Price
Aerobic Step $99.99

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I was training a kid who insisted on doing push-ups every night before bed. Didn't matter which muscle group he worked earlier in the day, or even if it was a rest day- that kid was doing his push-ups. Eventually (and unsurprisingly) his wrists started to bother him. I told him about the push-up tools that I've listed above, and he picked himself a product that fit his wallet and his needs. After that, he was happier than flies on a week-old steak. The guy keeps them in his house, and he still does his push-ups every night. I'm just glad that I was able to help save his wrists from being injured for the rest of his life.

When did you first do this & how did you get started?

I started messing with push-up tools before I even started lifting weights. Like I said: push-ups are the oldest exercise in the game. Push-up tools simply help me make sure that I don't get injured, and that I can get a deeper range of repetition on each set of push-ups. Overall, I would have to say that a push-up tool is a must-have for any serious weightlifter or college athlete. The benefits are a no-brainer. So get yourself a push-up tool now (preferably one of the above) and thank me later.
Happy lifting,
J

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