For a great cardiovascular workout when you are limited on space, Stamina InStride Pro Electronic Stepper is the solution. Use your Stepper anywhere: while you are watching television, on the phone, in your sunroom, outside, or even at work. The Stamina InStride Pro Electronic Stepper is small enough to toss into a workout bag and take along. Resistance is provided by two hydraulic cylinders for smooth steps that work your calves, thighs, and buttocks as well as your core, while the aerobic aspect of the stepper helps you burn calories and fat. Two rubber resistance tubes connect to the stepper to add an upper body workout to your cardio routine.
There is no knob to adjust the tension, and the default setting is so tight… That I will never be able to use the resistance bands. It is so hard for me to step on this, that I need to hold onto something for balance. You have to put the cable around the pulley each time you set it up, but it is nice that it can flatten and slide under something when not in use.
Honestly, I almost didn't buy this because of the numerous complaints about the squeaks, but I guess the other reviews outweighed the negative. I am not one to go to the gym, I rather work out in the comfort of my own home. This stepper is great. Feels like a really good workout and have noticed results. HOWEVER, I wasn't immune after all to the squeaks. They started about 3 months after I started using it and it is very annoying and distracting. I imagine if you're using headphones and listening to music, you wouldn't hear it but I like watching TV when I'm using mine. Have oiled every nook and cranny of this stepper and still doesn't fix the squeaking. Hoping I can find the exact spot to oil soon because I really miss working out on this stepper.
Quality exceeds the price. Easy to set up and use. Requires one AA battery for the display which counts the steps and tracks calories and time. Display turns itself off after 4 minutes of idle-time. Stepper can be used without the display. Great for use in small spaces or where you don't want to leave exercise equipment out all the time. The display is readable from at least 6' directly above in a well-lit area. The only thing I would change is having the display light up to improve readability even more.
I would have never thought that this portable stepper would give such a great workout. I definitely feel the burn! Plus, I take the stepper wherever I go because of its compact size. I find that having the electronic monitor count my steps and calories burned very useful.