Released in 2009, the Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper provides an alternative to climbing stairs or using stair climbing machines at expensive gyms. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price on this model is $99.99, but Amazon.com has the product available for $53.47. Designed for those who enjoy working the muscles in their lower legs, the stepper features heavy-duty plates made from steel that will withstand hundreds of uses, and it has slip-resistant plates that provide traction to keep your feet from slipping when using it. A small computer inside the stepper features an LCD screen that lets you know how many repetitions you completed, the time you spent on the machine, how many steps you made and the number of calories burned during your session.
The Twister Stepper by Sunny Health & Fitness is a good all-around stepping machine. Designed for beginners who feel self-conscious about visiting the gym, it also offers a number of benefits for those who exercise more frequently. Its compact design works like an elliptical machine but also provides resistance training. Two resistance bands attached to the base of the machine let you move your arms and work your upper body while stepping up and down on the machine. Those resistance bands feature a unique design that lets you use all your strength without worrying about breaking the bands.
Its compact design takes up less space than similar models currently available, and it’s small enough that you can pick it up and place it in your closet or under your bed when you finish your workout. The manufacturer added a twisting element to this stepper’s design, which forces users to work their entire bodies while on the machine. That twisting motion forces you to bend and twist your body, which works your buttocks, hips and thighs. Unlike other similar machines, it lets you produce this action without putting too much pressure on your joints and muscles.
Assembly of this stepper is so easy that most users get it assembled in five minutes or less, and many find that they prefer using this machine over going to the gym. As it only takes up a few square feet of space, you can get in shape and work your muscles while watching a movie or your favorite television show, and it’s so small that some people leave it out every day. Those with injuries to their upper bodies can even use the stepper while sitting down and still work the muscles in their lower bodies.
Made from steel, the stepper features a heavy-duty construction and comes with slip-resistant plates on top. The steel construction ensures that you can use the stepper for use without it breaking, while the slip-resistant plates keep your feet planted firmly on the machine to prevent slips and falls. Conveniently located on the front of the stepper is an LCD screen that connects back to the internal computer. That screen helps you keep track of the steps that you take, the time you spend exercising, the total number of repetitions that you completed and how many calories you burned during your workout.
- The stepper features some components that break or split after several months of use.
- The pedal requires strength to step up and down, which some users will find too difficult for their body strength.
- Some users find it hard to balance on top of the stepper when they first start using it.
- The design of the product is better suited for taller users than shorter users or those with less lower body strength.
- Its on-board timer on the LCD screen doesn’t always maintain the correct time or count.
- Some users find that their steppers made loud noises after using it for a few months.
Despite some minor flaws, the Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper ranks as one of the best steppers in this price range. Priced well below $100, you’ll find that other compact and portable steppers either cost twice as much or aren’t nearly as strong as this one. No other product priced around $50 lets you burn dozens of calories as you watch television. Its lightweight, portable and compact design lets you move it out of the way when company comes over, and as it weighs just 20 pounds, you might even take it with you when you travel. With an LCD screen and internal computer, the stepper keeps track of your workout, making it easy to see how many calories you burned to get in shape.
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