Stand Up Tall On The Stair Stepper

Stair steppers came into the fitness industry in the 1980’s. They were brought into fitness facilities as cardiorespiratory machines that simulate walking up a set of stairs. When used properly the stair stepper is great for building muscle in the calves, gluteus, hamstrings, and the quadriceps.  This machine provides little impact on joints, ligaments and tendons while getting a lower body workout. The stair stepper is equipped with handrails for balance. When weight is placed on the handrails the exercise becomes easier because the targeted muscles don’t have to work as hard. If you cannot balance on the stair stepper without weighting the handrails, try balancing on a bosu trainer before using the stair stepper, or start at an easier level. Here are some proper instructions for using the stair stepper. Maximize your workout and give them a try!  Below are instructions for using the stair stepper properly.

  1. Step on the stair stepper holding onto the handrails for stability.
  2.   Choose your workout or press quick start. It will ask you for weight, time and level. Enter the correct information.
  3. Step onto the pedal as if you were climbing a flight of stairs, keeping your entire foot on the pedal as you step.
  4. Maintain proper body alignment. Pelvis is tilted slightly forward engage the abdominals to do this and tilt slightly forward. Neck is in line with the rest of your spine which is straight. Hands can be on the handrails for balance but they remain un-weighted.  If you find you are weighting the handrails take the level down for a better workout.

                      Improper Form

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Proper Form          

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References: “Selecting and Effectively Using a Stair Stepper.”(2002).[Brochure].

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