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How Step Machines Can Take Your Fitness Goals
to the Next Level.
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This may sound like either your ongoing battle with the bulge or
perhaps a friend who is on heavy doses of Prozac.
But the never ending elevator ride known as the step machine can be
a great tool for your fitness and weight loss endeavors. Step
machines, otherwise known simply as “steppers”, have
become very popular devices in health clubs and gyms throughout the
country. Why else are they so plentiful in the “cardio”
corner of your gym?
However, like any other device, there are certainly pluses and
minuses to working out on a step machine. Yet, one thing is
undeniable. Step machines could just as well be called “sweat
machines.” A half-hour on the stepper can have you sweating
by the bucket.
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. It is wise to
exercise at a longer, more tolerable pace in order to burn off the
fat. Otherwise, the gung-ho, sprint-like approach will tap more
into your muscle cells.
One downfall to the step machine as that it is limited in what it
can do for you. In other words, since your upper torso is generally
stationary throughout the exercise, it is not a rigorous full body
exercise that is going to whip you into tip-top condition.
Basically, all that is moving here is your legs.
While the handlebars are there so you can maintain proper balance
on the machine, make sure that you are not placing too much body
weight onto your arms as they clasp the sides. This will take the
work out of your legs; hence, you will be cheating
Also, stand erect while you are on the step machine and not
slouched over the panel display. Not only is slouching a way to
cheat, but it is also a great way to injury your back.
Be sure to stretch out considerably before taking on a session on
the step machine. Without the proper stretch throughout your legs
and calves, you can be putting your Achilles tendon at risk, an
injury that could hamper your fitness goals for months and months.
Also, without a proper stretch, you feet can become susceptible to
severe numbing while on the machine.
Although the step machine is certainly an excellent tool for your
cardiovascular endeavors, do not become too dependent on this one
machine. Make sure you spruce up your cardio with other machines
like the Stairmaster, the stationary bicycles, and the
And aside from burning off some unwanted fat cells, the stepper is
an excellent machine for building and toning the calf muscles, the
glutes, and the quadraceps.
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