What Is A Lateral Stepper?
The Lateral Stepper is an exercise equipment featuring two steps that move up /down as well as side-to-side (lateral).The side movement mimics a bit the movement when skiing.
Most Lateral Steppers are very compact in design. You can get full size models with support handles, mini sizes or fold-able steppers that can be stored beneath furniture
How Does A Lateral Stepper Work?
A Lateral Stepper targets the calves, quadriceps, thighs, hips, and glute muscles. It consists of two shoe sized steps mounted on a steel frame.
When exercising the steps move up and down as well as gently side to side, mimicking the motions created while skiing. Your legs are forced to move in multiple directions at once, directing the feet up and outwards while pulling the inner thighs back and together.
Most types of Lateral Stepper are paired with resistance bands or cords. These rubber pulls are attached to the base of the steps and can be held while exercising. This engages the arms and the core of the body as well as the legs, creating a more even, full body workout.
Using the bands also increases stability and balance by challenging the core to remain solid while the lower body is moved in different directions.
The resistance of most Lateral Stepper machines can be lowered to focus more on a cardio workout that induces a high heart rate, or increased to focus on toning and strength training.
Is A Lateral Stepper Right For Me?
A lateral stepper is the right equipment if you don’t have a lot of space but still want a full body workout.
In addition to strength and toning exercise it will also help to improve your balance and therefore your core strength. If your balance is an issue make sure you get a model with support handles to hold on to if need be.
What Do You Get?
There is a wide choice of Lateral Stepper on the market. It very much depends on your budget, your space and what extras you want to have.
Starting with the very basic model which is just the stepper you find models with all kinds of add ons or special designs:
- Fold-able or fixed
- with support handles or exercise bands
- Mechanical step counter
- Self leveling, anti-slip pedals
- Display for time, count, distance, calories burned
- Workout DVD, floor mat, weight loss tips
The Lateral Stepper can be a lot of fun, you can exercise anywhere in your home and watch a good movie at the same time while getting fit without the need for a lot of space. And in addition to the normal up-down movement of walking up stairs with a Lateral Stepper you get the additional workout of your inner thighs. A good choice.
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