The amount of exercises you can do with just an elevated platform is astounding, which is what makes aerobic steppers so widely used. By performing a full body workout you’ll be improving cardio, shaping and toning muscles (primarily your glutes, quads, hamstrings and calves), burning fat and maintaining balance.
You can adjust the level of intensity by performing more strenous exercises or adding ankle weights or hand weights. Most exercises are simple but very effective at increasing your heart rate and burning calories. Here are 5 of the best aerobic steppers to get you started.
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The Step F1180
|Colors||Gray & Black / Teal, Black & Purple||Gray & Black||Teal, Black & Purple||Black & Green||Gray & Blue|
|Surface Area||14" X 40"||12 x 31"||14 x 40"||14" x 44"||10" x 26"|
|Adjustable Heights||4" / 6" / 8"||4" / 6" / 8"||4" / 6" / 8"||8" / 14"||4" / 6"|
|Weight Capacity||• Without Risers - 300 lbs|
• With Risers - 500 lbs
|300 lbs||200 lbs||375 lbs||200 lbs|
Top Features | Best Aerobic Steppers
- Surface Area – This is the space you have available at the top of the stepper to perform your exercises.
- Adjustable Heights – Many aerobic steppers include risers which allows you to set a specific height. The higher the stepper is, the more of a workout you’ll get.
- Weight Capacity – The maximum weight that the aerobic stepper can hold.
- Non-Slip Surface – Most aerobic steppers will have a rubbery surface which helps to prevent you from slipping.
5 Intense Fat Burning Exercises Using an Aerobic Stepper
Front and Side Step Ups
The most basic exercise you can do on an aerobic stepper is the front or side step up. All it involves is stepping up onto the platform and back down again, one foot at a time.
It sounds easy enough but to up the ante, you must increase the height of the platform and wear ankle weights (at least 1kg or more). If you’re really up for a challenge then hold some hand weights too.
Running on Steps
This is pretty much a just faster paced version of the ordinary front step ups but you should do it on a lower platform in order to maintain a fast pace.
You will literally be running up and back down the step and as a result, your heart rate will increase more rapidly and you’ll burn calories faster.
Step Ups into Burpees
There are many variations of burpees but for this exercise, you’ll be performing most basic burpees with your hands on top of the aerobic stepper and then doing a front step up immediately after. Alternatively, you can jump up onto the platform with both feet to better work those fast twitch muscles in your legs.
The combination of a burpee and then the step up/jump is a perfect full body workout that’s both a aerobic and anaerobic form of exercise. Take a look at this exercise in action here.
Lateral Box Jumps
Engage your quads and hamstrings by doing lateral box jumps. Keep your feet together and jump onto the aerobic stepper sideways and then jump onto the other side of the stepper. Now repeat this in the opposite direction.
In order for this exercise to be as intense as possible, you should wear ankle weights and perform the jumps as quick as you can.
Weighted Step Ups and Knee Ups
For this exercise you’ll need a weighted plate or hand weights and ankle weights if you want to increase the intensity. Set the aerobic stepper at its highest point so that when you have one foot on it, your knee is bent at or close to a 45 degree angle.
With one foot on the platform and while you’re holding the weights, push your other knee upwards at a 45 degree angle without touching the platform. Go back down on that same leg and repeat again.
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