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Steppers - Stepping Machines

Step Machines For Lower Body Training

Steppers are exercise machines that involve the user standing upright, with the feet placed on two foot pads, and taking uphill steps while using handrails as support. A step-machine workout is rather like a cross between running or walking uphill, and lacking the impact and jarring of running. It exercises the butt muscles (like Gluteus Maximus), thigh and calf muscles. Stepping also offers good cardio-aerobic benefits and helps to burn body fat tissue.

Types of Stepper Machines

There are two different designs of step machines: dependent and independent. When you tread on the foot-pad of a dependent stepper, the other step-pad will rise. Whereas on the independent models the foot pads are not linked and can both be up or down at the same time. Dependent step machines are best for beginners, while independent machines are better for more experienced steppers.

Different Types of Step Resistance

All step machines require a means of producing resistance against which to work. Three basic types of resistance involve air-brakes, hydraulic-brakes or magnetic brakes.

Air braked Step Machines
These use the motion of the foot pads to drive a fan wheel. These exercise steppers are reliable, fairly inexpensive and create cooling breezes. However, typically they offer only a limited range of stepping rhythms and information feedback.

Hydraulically Braked Steppers
These use pistons attached to the foot pads. They are usually the cheapest brands of stepper and lack reliability if used heavily. In addition, they have a less realistic "feel" and provide only the most basic information on your workout. Lastly, hydraulic stepping machines use oil which can leak onto carpeting or mats.

Magnetically Braked Step Machines
These are reliable, provide an excellent "feel" and offer detailed workout feedback, plus pre-programmed workouts and heart-monitoring.

How to Use Steppers

The best way to burn the fat tissue through exercise on a stepper is to begin your session on a lower, more moderate level, before gradually working up to a faster, more rigorous pace. Also, stand upright when doing step exercises, otherwise you may reduce the fitness benefits of your workout and increase the risk of back injury.

Stepper and Weight Control

Stepper machines improve health and fitness, build muscle tissue, and develop a leaner body shape. They also help to raise metabolism and may also help to develop a flat stomach. To lose fat tissue, and reduce weight, workouts using Steppers need to be combined with a calorie-controlled diet. Because unless you create a calorie deficit, you can't burn fat and therefore lose weight.

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