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Fitness Mad Studio Aerobic Step
Working out has always been a important part of my life. Since I was a child I loved to do sport and just being active. I always enjoyed the satisfied feeling after sporting. I think it's important that all people do some kind of sport as it improves the way you feel and also the way you look. I always enjoyed doing Aearobics classes for a few years but it always became more and more difficult to find the time to go to these classes that at one point I hardly went. So I deceided to by a step for the house so that I could workout at the comfort of my own house.
There are a lot of steps available these days on the market but I found that the Fitness Mad Step Areaobic step was the right one. It certainly wasn't the cheapest one out there with a price of around 45 pounds but the the reviews of people were all positive.
When you buy the step you still need to assemble it yourself which is dead easy. It really means that you only need to assemble the legs which are very easy to assemble. They are adjustable to different levels. The lowest level gives you a height of 12 cm and the higest level is 21 cm. Alltogether there are four settings.
I have to say the step is a bit boring to look at and not the most colourfull one. It has a blue colour on the top and the rest of it is black. What's important is that the step feels very firm and sturdy. The step is made from plastic and can take up to 32 stones.
I'm very pleased wit the step as while working out if feels very sturdy and I feel like I can do everything on it without the fair of breaking it. The step is stirdy aswell meaning it doesn't feel like it's just going to fall over. With the four settings you can choose the height you feel comfortable at for your work out.
Overall I think the price is a bit high but overall I'm glad I bought this step.
Following various strict training programmes has its benefits from time to time, but ultimately you need to get up and do the exercise yourself. Simple pieces of equipment such as this step can make a huge difference when it comes to making the extra little bit of effort, and there are a few products like it on the market.
This step is quite basic in appearance, roughly a metre long and deep enough to easily place your feet on with a small amount of space in front of and behind them when you're stood on it. The idea is to step on to and then off of the step at a predetermined pace and number of reps in order to do aerobic exercise, get your heart pumping and just do that little bit extra.
This step allows you to do this quite easily, as it has a number of stackable parts to the base that means you choose how high or low you want the step to be. The bases are very sturdy, stacking securely and with a gripping rubber like base to stop it from slipping on the floor. Some similar products move a bit if you increase the intensity of the exercise, whereas this one has yet to slip when I have been using it.
It feels as if there's a certain amount of give in it as well, making the steps less jarring while still providing enough support to make a sturdy step each time. The plastic polymer ensures this physical state and it makes it a reliable product to use. In terms of storage, the leg bases all come off, and the top will stand up straight against a wall if you like, or slots easily under the bed.
Overall, this is a quality product, and at around the £20 mark it may not be the cheapest but the reliability makes it worth the price. The reassurance the quality gives you is enough to justify this price for me, and with the quality of the product, I'm happy to have it. Recommended.
Sick of paying for gym fees I decided to make use of some the exercise DVDs available at my local library to hire. This is how I got interested in step aerobics, which was much better for my small living room than trying to do a complicated routine. I bought this step from Amazon for £20, which I didn't think was a bad price. It doesn't come with a CD or DVD but does have a booklet with some instructions for stretches and basic exercises, which would be useful for those never having done step aerobics before.
The step is really easy to put together, you just have to clip the legs on and you're set to go. You can have 4 different levels depending on the intensity you want to exercise, obviously the higher you go the harder the workout. The legs are made from a rubber like material, which means they are largely non-slip on my carpeted living room, and I reckon they would be fine on laminated floors too. The step doesn't take up a lot of room for storage, I just pull it apart and put it in my spare room against the wall. It's also made from very sturdy plastic polymer, so will take quite a bit of weight on it, meaning you can really go for it with those workouts!
All in all a great addition to my home fitness equipment, that is relatively cheap!
I have started to use my other half's fitness step now that she got from Argos ages ago. I am trying very hard to get fit for the New Year but I think I might be overdoing it. I have lost three pounds so far. This step from Fitness Mad costs around £40 full price but we got ours for £30 as we had a ten quid money off token.
When we brought the box home we found we had to put the little legs on ourselves but this wasn't a great problem, it was easy to assemble. There are different heights you can choose to use, from 12cm from the floor up to about 22cm, depending on what sort of a work out you are after. They are very easy to adjust and the set comes with a good instruction manual. There are four height settings in total. My other half tends to have it on the mid range setting but I prefer it on the higher.
The actual step is pale blue in colour and just looks sort of ordinary. It is constructed from what appears to be a hard wearing and durable plastic and will accommodate a maximum weight of up to 32 stones - so I should be alright for a bit then. I use the step downstairs ino our basement and follow the DVD my other half has been using. It's bets to work out to music. I follow this twice a week with skipping classes and I've lost three pounds so far but feel like I should have lost a bit more by now. It's a slow process. The step is fine on both carpet and hard floor but the basement is hard floor and it never moves around but stays static at all times.
I would never suggest using the step in bare feet as I did at the beginning as I fell badly. I now wear a good fitting pair of trainers and step for around twenty minutes at a time though when I first started I could barely manage five. I'm impressed with my progress considering I've only just started.
Overall I'm pleased with this step and glad my other half already had it in the house so I didn't have to go out and buy a new one.
Fitness Mad Studio Aerobic Step is something that I have owned for around six months now. It is pale blue and black and relatively small and light weight (I store mine upright behind the sofa).
When I arrived home with my Aerobic step, which all I had to do was assemble the legs and I was ready to go, included with the step was a sheet of paper with some useful but basic exercises and stretches, I think that this was of some use and a total beginner would probably find it very useful.
The legs themselves have four adjustable heights I fin d this to be a great and very useful feature and have used all of them depending on the level of workout I feel like doing on each particular day.
The flooring in my lounge where I tend to use the step most is hard wood flooring. I find the rubber on the non-slip feet does a great job at stopping any movement from the step.
There has however on a couple of occasions been a slight mark left on the floor after a very vigorous work out but they did easily wipe away.
I joined the gym a few years ago and really got into the aerobic's classes, especially the one called body bump which is a combination of dance, aerobic workout and step ups. Then I gave up the gym due to having to work extra hours, so decided the next best thing was to buy myself a few items of gym equipment for the home.
I bought this aerobic step for £24.99 from The Sports Shop in Hereford town centre and it was half price and came with two extra step blocks that canbe added for extra height.
This is 110cm x 41cm x 11cm and can be placed on the floor of the living room for you to do your step ups and downs when your working out to music.
It stores away nicely as you can take the blocks off.
It is light weight as it's made from high density polyethylene and I have had this for about a year and a half and it is quite hard wearing. I work out three times a week and although the colour has faded and there are a few scuff marks on the top of the board where I have been stepping up, it is still in a good condition to use for my workouts.
You can buy extra block feet for it if you want to really go for it and do harder step ups, I keep to the same routine just to keep in shape and I find this piece of equipment a good asset to my home gym. It is non slip so you don't have to worry about stepping up and down and it moving about as long as you place it on a carpeted floor it should be fine.
I'm happy with my purchase as I got it half price, I think for what it is the price could be smaller as you now have to pay around £45 for it without the blocks , so I'm glad I bought it when I did as I'd think twice about paying that for it and think about using the stairs in the house.
Good solid piece of equipment for step training.
I had been doing aerobics for around 6 months before buying my own step. We used them at class and I wanted one to continue working out at home. When deciding on a step I wanted one that could change heights so this one was ideal. My fitness video is also reasonably strenuous so I wanted something strong and durable and something that would last.
This step was available from our local sports shop at Less than half price, £19.99. I'm not sure if they can still be purchased online but if you find one they are definitely worth £20. They also come with a 1 year guarantee which gives piece of mind, although not much can really go wrong with this product.
Although made out of plastic it is still really strong and it looks like it has been designed by someone who actually knows something about fitness and the necessities of a fitness step.
It comes in a box with instruction sheet and extra blocks to raise the height. Assembly is simple, slot the blocks into the holders underneath. To raise the height simply add more blocks underneath, they hold firm due to their design. Even on the highest level it stays stable as the blocks are quite wide.
The top plate is of a good size and has ridges in the name and outer parts for grip. Not only can you use this step for stepping on you can also use it for sit ups and push ups.
For storage simply remove the blocks and slide under the settee or bed. As it isn't a totally ott offensive colour it shouldn't be visible and stick out like a sore thumb.
Overall this is a good product and much better than some of the steps available in non specialist sports shops. I can recommend.
Just after my son was born I decided I needed to lose weight, to be honest I'd never lost the weight I put on while pregnant with his (now) four year old sister so now was my chance to put things right. I don't *do* the gym so needed to buy myself some equipment I could use at home, preferably finding some bargains as me and exercise don't get on so I didn't want to lay out a huge amount of money only to have it all sitting there neglected after a couple of weeks when I got bored. This step was and wasn't a bargain; it was because the price had been drastically reduced in a New Year sale, it wasn't because £50 is still more than I should really have paid for a plastic step.
Mine is a different colour to the step in the piccie Dooyoo have got up, the top is council-toilet blue and it's definitely not the most attractive item I have in my home!
The height of the step adjusts by way of four removable feet, the basic height is 11cm but with the feet attached it rises up to an impressive 21cm. The fact that the feet are removable is a nuisance, I've lost one and when I came to look on the Fitness Mad stockist page I saw that it will cost a whopping £14 to replace. Which is a bit over the top in my (lazy) opinion. The fact that I haven't bought this replacement probably shows I don't use the step too much now!
Both the base and top of the step are made from a high density polyethylene, making it strong and sturdy but also comfortable to use even in bare feet. The base and all four feet have rubber pads on the bottom which prevent it slipping even when used on wooden flooring - I've noticed it gets a bit excited when I use it on the fluffy rug in our bedroom, but for me that's just another excuse to not use it!
The top of the step is also suitably non-slip, obviously you should be wearing trainers with a decent sole while exercising but this will also keep you safe if you choose to forego footwear altogether. Although I'm sure if you decided to just wear socks your face would soon meet the floor, just a feeling I have!
The feet attach easily to the base of the step, it's a simple case of clipping them into place and they'll automatically fall into a snug and secure position. Just make sure you put them away when not in use as you don't want the cost of replacing one!
The step came with a short sheet of suitable exercises, personally I thought they were a bit basic so went online for a more interesting work out - although there's only so much even the best personal trainer can do to make a static step exciting! At the basic 11cm this step will give you a pretty energetic work out, much sweatier than you imagine it's going to be as 11cm looks very low - but when you spend a few minutes stepping up and down at that height it definitely makes your legs ache! Adding the feet (and thereby raising it to 21cm) makes it a painful exercise session, whether that's due to me being short or lazy I have no idea but it's definitely knackering!
I like the stepper and do use it (occasionally). I could see a difference in the appearance of my legs quite quickly when I started using it regularly and the burn in my thighs tells me it's doing me some good in that area. I don't really get to use it too often as there just aren't enough hours in the day. In fact it now has a second life sitting next to the sofa where I use it to put my cup of coffee and other bits and pieces instead of reaching over to the coffee table. So not precisely a waste of money then.
This stepper can hold a person who weighs up to 200kg, that's roughly 32 stones so I'd say it's just about suitable for anyone who is still capable of exercising! I'm going to probably sound a bit mean here, but very big people could probably find a better exercise anyway as stepping puts a huge amount on your knees and ankles which would just be amplified the heavier you are. I have an old knee injury and find it can get painful quite quickly during a stepping session so again I'd be very wary of embarking upon a stepping regime if you suffer with any of your lower joints.