StairMaster Stepmills & Steppers Buying Guide 2019

StairMaster is the leading brand in steppers and stepmills. If you’ve used a stepper in a gym before, it was most likely a StairMaster or other high-quality brand. StairMaster built their steppers for intense workouts with none of the discomforts of climbing real stairs. 

StairMaster 7000PT 

StairMaster 7000PT Silver Console Stepmill 1

The StairMaster 7000PT stepmill duplicates the action of climbing stairs, one of the most effective workouts for losing weight and toning the lower body. The 7000 PT has three revolving steps, all 8 inches deep for a truly effective, low impact workout. It comes with nine programs and 20 levels of resistance so that you can customize your workout. 

StairMaster Gauntlet 

StairMaster Series 8 Gauntlet with LCD Screen

This stepmill offers a combination of both cardio and strength training in a comfortable design. The StairMaster Gauntlet 8 Series has deeper, wider steps and is available in three console options. This stepper is a favorite because it includes The Landmark Challenge Program that allows users to climb landmarks from around the world, including the Statue of Liberty. 

StairMaster SM916

StairMaster SM916 Stepmill 1

This stepmill is designed to challenge users to reach their ultimate goals. The StairMaster SM916 stepmill has ergonomically designed handrails for stability and an electronically controlled alternator. It features ten workout programs, a console, and an 8-inch fixed-step. 

StairMaster SM5

StairMaster SM5 Stepmill 1

The StairMaster SM5 has a D-1 Two window LCD console so that you can track your workouts. The one-piece pedals provide stability and comfort with each step while the electronically controlled alternator offers precise pedal movement for a smooth workout that’s easy on the joints. This stepper features ten built-in workout programs for strength and aerobic conditioning. 

2019 Stepmills and Steppers Buying Guide

This guide consists of all the information you need to make informed decisions when purchasing steppers and stepmills. 

Stepmills and Steppers are critical for any home or commercial gym. Not only are they some of the most powerful machines, but they are also great for both strength training and cardio. Here is some important information you need to know. 

Difference Between Stepmills and Steppers 

Stepmills are also called stair-steppers and odds are you’ve seen them or even used one in your local gym. Stepmills provide you with a low-impact workout and target the lower body. One of the biggest name brands for these products is the StairMaster stepmill, which has been used in many gyms across the US. 

Standard steppers, on the other hand, have two separate areas where the user places their feet, so the mechanical staircase is no longer there, but the user can get the same motion and workout with a stepper that they would with a stepmill. 

There are a few different types of steppers. 

Twist Steppers

These steppers perform a twisting motion when you step so that you can target your lower body, abs, and obliques. Unlike standard steppers, twist steppers can help you achieve a total workout on your legs, working different muscles as you move. 

Twit steppers imitate a jog as you are using the same movements you would be running around the block. However, they reduce stress to the joints that you may experience on the pavement. 

Mini Steppers

A mini stepper is a compact version of a standard stair stepper. They are typically lightweight and portable so that you can move the machine around a building. Also, its size typically makes it one of the most affordable steppers on the market. 

Elliptical-Stepper Cross Trainers

The cross trainer uses a rounder motion and has arms that will help tone the upper body along with the lower. It’s a hybrid that gives you the smooth movement of the elliptical and a low-impact motion of a stepper. Because you glide when using it, it’s one of the easiest and most fun steppers out there. 

Stepper Features to Consider

When shopping around for a stepper of any kind, you may want to look for some or all of these features. 

Performance

Motorized Tension

A stepper with a motor that provides resistance with a smooth motion so that you can have a high-intensity workout more easily. 

Hydraulic Cylinders

Select models come with tension resistance, and hydraulic cylinders have a swivel motion intended for low-impact use. 

Adjustable Resistance

You can change the amount of tension in the motor for a more effective and intense workout. When you notice that the resistance is making your workout too difficult, you can lower it often with the touch of a button. 

Adjustable Height

Adjustable height might be a great feature to have if you or the people who use your stepmill want to fit the machine to match your body perfectly. 

Preset Programs

Stepper consoles may feature preset programs that adjust resistance automatically with unique routines and timed modes. 

Self Leveling Pedals

These pedals allow for a stable stepping motion for added joint comfort. 

Convenience 

Foldable Design

Some models may come with hinges so that you can fold the stepper and store it in a closet. 

Handlebars

These allow you to hold onto the machine as you workout. Some models may have their heart rate sensors on the handlebars so that you can measure as you workout. 

Electronic Console

The console display screen will let you see the duration, speed, heart rate, and calories burned. The electronic console can keep you motivated during the most intense workouts as you can see your results right in front of you. In some models, you may be able to control the tension and your routines using the console. 

Transport Wheels

Many steppers come with wheels on one side to make it easy to move the stepper.

Resistance Bands

If you’re not using a cross trainer, you can find models that make it easy to add upper body workouts using resistance bands. Resistance bands are ideal for steppers that don’t offer an upper-body workout. 

Accessory Holder

Working out is easier with an accessory holder available because you won’t have to hold your phone or tablet while on the machine. These holders allow you to grab onto the machine for stability when needed, but to reach for a water bottle to stay hydrated or your phone to change the song. 

 

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