Stairclimbers provide an efficient cardiovascular workout while improving the muscle tone in your glutes, calves, quadriceps and hamstrings. Stair Climbers, also known as Steppers and Stairmasters, simulate the motion of moving vertically up a flight of stairs. With many steppers, the exerciser will hold on to a fixed handlebar either directly ahead or to the side to aid with stability. The exercise is performed with the lower body with use of pedals that move up and down. Stair steppers will use either dependent or independent pedal action. Dependent pedal action tends to be easier because as you push one pedal down, the other pedal automatically rises. With independent pedals, each pedal is activated separately, meaning the exerciser has to work harder to coordinate and stay elevated on the pedals. Pedals are powered in a number of ways to create resistance and climbing speed. Non-electric stairclimbers will use hydraulic pistons and air pressure to work the pedals. Electronic, mechanical steppers will use chain drive, belt drive, or cable drive systems linked to magnetic or electronic resistance. These are preferred by many because they create a smoother workout experience with variable pedal speeds controlled by electronic programing to simulate a more interesting and rewarding workout experience. The best steppers will also feature self-leveling pedals which keep the exerciser in a more ergonomic upright position and puts less stress on joints such as toes, ankles, knees, and hips.
What’s the difference between a Stepper and a Step Mill? A traditional stepper workout generally incorporates a short up and down motion, often at higher speeds so that the exerciser stays aloft and the pedals do not bottom out. A Stepmill workout is stair climbing in the truest sense since the workout is dictated by an actual set of rotating stairs. When using a stepmill, the exerciser not just steps up but also forward, creating a much more realistic experience and a deeper engagement of the quads, hamstring and glutes. Because the exerciser is working with an actual set of simulated stairs, stepmills tend to be bigger than stair steppers to allow for safety and a fuller range of climbing motion. Step mills do not require a high paced speed at all times, since the stairs are mechanically driven and do not “float” beneath the user’s feet like with a stepper. Some people prefer slower, more methodical stair climbing workouts on step mills to build endurance and strength.
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