Stepper – effective training for the calves, thighs and buttocks
The stairway to fitness – steppers
What is a stepper?
You know from your everyday life: climbing stairs can leave you short of breath. It is an effective workout that has a positive effect on the legs and buttocks. With a stepper, you can exercise using this intense movement at home and at any time for stamina and fat loss.
When using a stepper, you imitate the movement of climbing the stairs. As a result, if you weigh e. g. 70 kilograms, you can achieve a calorie burn of around 700 kcal per hour. This is ideal for intensive fat loss. At the same time, this fitness equipment allows you to train the entire leg musculature and focus on the problem "butt" area.
The benefits at a glance:
- High fat burning
- Strengthening of the entire leg and buttock musculature
- Individual training with freely selectable pedal resistance
Which muscle groups are trained?
These fitness machines train your entire leg, hip and buttock musculature. Both feet are always firmly in contact with the pedals: in contrast to normal stair climbing, this creates a fluid and smooth climbing movement, minimising the risk of injury.
What types of steppers are available?
in these devices, the pedals are joined together, so the movement of each pedal influences the other – which is ideal for beginners.
the pedals move independently. This requires a higher level of movement coordination, making the training even more effective.
What should you watch out for during training?
With proper operation and exertion, the stepper is suitable for all users, even those who are overweight. The device also serves as an ideal preparation for walking and jogging. For optimal training you should pay attention to the following points:
of the ascending movement should be in the range of a normal step, i.e. between 15 and 20 centimetres.
Try to maintain
a stable footing on the pedals. Depending on the size, you will stand with either the whole foot on the tread, or just the balls of your feet.
in an upright posture. The handlebars at the front or sides of the device help you to do this.
Do not turn
your knees inward or outward. The knees should always stay in line with your toes.
letting the pedals hit the top or bottom stop.
Tip for advanced users
Exercise freehand without the handlebars: this increases the effect enormously, as it requires greater coordination. But make sure that you keep your body upright.
An article about some of our AsVIVA test winners in the steppers category:
ExpertenTesten – Test 2016