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Get it Up — Your Heart Rate, That is: StepMill

The StepMill is often empty at the gym. It may be feared by all because it is a bit intimidating, but the StepMill is one way to get killer legs.

To stop waiting for the treadmill and start stepping your way to fabulous legs,

The StepMill is great for doing intervals and it can be tough to keep up at a steady pace for an entire 30 minutes. Joan Dandeneau, an ACSM certified Health Fitness Instructor, suggests this easy StepMill program for beginners:

  1. Choose Quick Start
  2. Warm up at an easy pace for 5 minutes
  3. Go for 5-10 minutes on level 10
  4. Go for 10-15 minutes on level 11
  5. Go for 15-20 minutes on level 13 or the highest level you can go
  6. Hit the bike (or elliptical) for another 15 minutes

Try it and let us know how it goes.

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-Steph- -Steph- 9 years
This machine works you more than any other cardio machine, the calories are about the same but your muscles get much more of a workout. My trainer had me switch my cardio from the treadmill/eliptical to this and I saw results quickly. The above routine is definitely not for beginners, unless you are in pretty good shape that is gonna be tough. (Or at least not at the StepMills they have at my gym.)
LaLaLola LaLaLola 10 years
This machine scares me to death! It seems so dangerous, I nearly fell off of it!
amybdk amybdk 10 years
Is a Stepmill similar to a Stairmaster? I get confused on the Stairmaster because i'm not sure if I should do short, quick steps or longer, heavier steps... My gym isn't exactly current on workout equipment so maybe the days of the stairmaster are gone!
stone_soup stone_soup 10 years
You don't even need a machine like that! Just use the stairs instead of the lift where possible. You're likely to get the same effect. ____________________________________ Don't tick me off. Or you'll get it.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
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LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
You know what is funny though? Every single one of our StepMills are always free in my gym.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
This machine is PAIN.
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
ooooohhhh- I hate this machine! and they call that an EASY program! I have a hard time doing just 10 minutes on that thing.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Medicgirl- Im really good on the stationary bike. I keep it on the lowest level but keep my RPMS high and go for distance. I also walk on the treadmill because I am not a runner. On a good day I will but the treadmill on an incline- like to vary the inclines and speeds. Ive tried the eliptical machine but it hurts my knees which everyone tells me im weird because its suppose to be low impact on the knees. But Im not going to deny my pain Broken knee sounds painful!!! My knee problems stem from growth so my tendon is basically shot and I get inflammation and fluid on the knee when I keep in severe angles or do the stairs etc
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I have done this before, and this is not a routine a beginner can keep up with if the term beginner is used to describe me...someone out of shape who is beginning to work out. I can get on it for 10 minutes at this point but am afraid I will fall off if I push myself and can't keep up.
medicgirl medicgirl 10 years
JessNess, I totally know what you mean about the knees...stairs are a definate issue anytime. I broke a knee 2 years ago and definately have workout issues now. What do you do for cardio that doesn't bug your knees as much?
JessNess JessNess 10 years
I cant do this machine because of my knees :( Its just too much pressure on them
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
azucar_maddy azucar_maddy 10 years
Yes, this machine is defimitely intimidating to me. But, I do feel mtoivated now to give it another shot this week. Thanks again, Fit!
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
Shi, It's not the same, trust me. This machine has steeper stairs and the last step dissapears so if you're not keeping up, You'll fall off. It takes a while to get use to.
Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt Shiloh-Jolie-Pitt 10 years
could I just use the stairs?? ___________________ ~~ googoo gaagaa ~~
BlondeSugar BlondeSugar 10 years
Yowza! This is no joke.
DesignRchic DesignRchic 10 years
This machine KICKS my arse!! :TREAD:
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