An aerobic step, also known as a 'fitness step', is a versatile accessory that should be a part of any gym or in your home. You can use it for much more than simply a stepping stone for the classic 'stepping' with music. In this blog, we discuss the versatility of a step.
Let's start with the question of what a step really is. A step is a platform made of plastic, an average of one meter long and 40 centimeters wide. You often see steps used during group classes in a gym, but it can also stand as a 'loner' among the strength training accessories. A step is usually height adjustable. The higher the step, the more intense the workout. The advantage of a step is that you can use it at any training level and it 'grows' with the increased intensity of workouts, for example by adjusting it in height or doing more complex exercises.
1. What can you use a step for?
2. How to choose the right step
Steps come in various shapes, sizes and price categories. What should you consider when buying a step?
Are you a beginner? Then you should opt for a slightly longer step to prevent you from accidentally getting off. Most steps are between 65 and 100 centimeters long and between 30 and 40 centimeters wide. If you want to use the step for various types of exercises, it is best to opt for a step that is one meter long. It is suitable for both dynamic and static exercises and for standing and lying exercises.
Most steps can be adjusted in height. But that does not apply to all steps. With a height-adjustable step, you can adjust the intensity of your workout at any time.
What will you do with the step? Do you only use it with your own body weight or do you also like to train with accessories such as weights? In the latter case, consider your own weight plus the weight of the accessories you use. Not every step takes that into account, so take a good look at the maximum user weight of the step you want to buy.
Design and structure
Are you going to work intensively with the step? Then opt for a design with rounded corners. With this, you are the least likely to hurt yourself if you accidentally hit the step. Also look closely at the structure of the top of the step and that of the bottom of the legs. A rough bottom ensures that the step does not slip. A rough top ensures that you don't slip with your feet when you get on the step.
Do you mainly use the step at home? Then choose a step with a slightly higher weight. It slips less easily, is more stable and if you hit yourself against the step, it won't slide away immediately. Do you also like to step in a group setting? Then choose a step that is slightly lighter, so you can easily take it with you.
Do you know what your preference is when it comes to steps? Then take a look at our range to see which step suits you best!