“ Manufacturer: V-fit / Type: Fitness - Aerobic Stepper / Includes: Upper Body Exercise Cords „
Over the past two years I have gradually added to my fitness and sport collection which I have in my garage which I use as a personal gym. I am not trying to lose weight I just want to become healthier and fitter and make my body more toned. I saw the stepper in the argos catalogue last year when I was purchasing some other sports equipment. I normally research equipment before I purchase them as I know there are so many rubbish ones out there claiming the help you get fit when really they are just a rubbish piece of equipment with no real use. Unfortunately because I wasn't at home and just saw the stepper in the catalogue in store, I didn't have the chance to research. I wish I did as the reviews on here would have helped inform me not to purchase and would have saved me some money.
I purchased the stepper for around £35 which I thought was reasonable as it was a twisting stepper and just one of the plain stand alone ones. It the catalogue it looked and sounded good from the description and I didn't have any equipment at home similar to it. When I got it home I tried it out the same day. It does come with a information booklet but it is pretty straight forward to use anyway. It has a screen on it where you can see calories burnt and steps taken and it has 5 program settings. It also has 2 stretchy ropes with handles on that you hold and use to tone your arms. There wasn't much resistance in the rope, they were too loose so I couldn't really feel it working on my arms. It also makes you slightly off balance when using them and it is hard to get into a rhythm using both the ropes and the stepper together. The steppers where you place your feet don't have anything to help hold your feet in place so your feet do slip off sometimes which is annoying when you have got into a rhythm. They don't particularly move far either so your legs don't get as much movement as I would have expected from a twisting stepper. I used the machine 4 times a week in 30 minute sessions but after 3 months I didn't notice or feel any difference. I would have expected my legs to ache and feel worked out but the didn't. It also started to make a squeaking noise when the steppers were moving which was very annoying.
I wouldn't recommend this stepper and I didn't enjoy using it. I don't think I will purchase another even if it is a different brand as I don't think the equipment is for me. I would recommend a stepper for people who are just starting off and want a simple and easy piece of equipment I just recommend you purchase a different brand.
==v Fit Twister Stepper==
I have such a large collection of sports type equipment in my flat that it is a true wonder how I ever put the weight on and am not as fit as Paula Radcliffe! I have everything from steppers to trampolines to weights to sweat belts. However this particular stepper is the latest piece of exercise equipment to end up going to the rubbish dump.
I purchased this stepper from Argos a good year or so ago (now its broken it is out of the Argos one year warranty) and it cost £34.99p which was one of the cheaper steppers to be sold in the catalogue at that time especially considering it was one of the twisting steppers. It looked on paper just as good as the more expensive twister steppers so I thought I would try it out as opposed to buying a more expensive branded set. The fact that it is described as a compact stepper and it much easier to store than others also made it more appealing as living in a flat there is limited space (especially when I have so much other exercise gear lying about).
The stepper itself looks pretty much like any other stepper I have seen but again it probably is a little smaller. There are two black tough plastic rubbery type step plates housed on a plastic covered metal base where all the actual mechanics of the product are enclosed. There is a small digital reader which will give you information on the steps taken, calories burnt and overall pace of workout and has a five program function setting. There are two bungee resistance type bands that are attached to the front of the machine and these are for working the arms whilst working the legs. On each foot of the exercise stepper there are black plastic protectors which are able to come on and off and are there to protect the floor when working out.
I found that using the machine was not that much different from a non-twister type of stepper and the movement seemed only slightly out to the sides. The twisting aspect of the stepper is said to help the outer and inner thighs more than a regular stepper and also helps to firm up the buttocks more as well as the waist. The machine is easy to get on to and depending on the resistance that is chosen with the tunable knob in the middle of the machine it is fairly easy to begin the whole stepping process. I did find that the tighter the resistance knob was turned the more noise that the stepper would make and even after a spray with good old WD-40 the whole machine still squeeked and made a fair amount of noise which was really annoying and rather off putting when trying to work out.
The digital counter seemed to work fine at first and was counting each step I took well but as the machine got a bit older this did seem to work a little bit more sporadically and wasn't always as accurate as I am sure it should have been. The resistance arm bands were tight and when using you could feel the muscles in the arms working harder and it would leave me aching after use but having said this I didn't much like to use these when stepping as I felt a bit off balance and liable to fall off the machine. I much preferred to use the twist stepper without working the arms or indeed if I wanted to work out my arms would find it a lot easier to hold a couple of hand weights.
The machine seemed to do a good job with working the muscles in my legs, wait and bum as I could feel them aching the next day after being on the stepper for half hour or so the previous night. The stepper was good while it lasted but as I said it is now broken because something inside the mechanics of the thing just seemed to "go" and I couldn't get to the workings of it without breaking the plastic cover and even then I couldn't work out how to fix the thing and therefore have had to replace it with a new one.
All in all I guess lasting a bit over a year is not especially great for the price and I can't say I would opt for this particular version of stepper again (well I have now purchased a branded one that I find a lot better all round). It was a good starter machine which certainly got me into the whole routine of using a stepper in the evenings and I would recommend it for light occasional use but it didn't seem to like me using it everyday and I think this is what cause its inevitable breaking.
Also it is worth noting that this piece of equipment is not recommended for people who weigh over 17 stone.
All in all I think a fairly average score of 3 out of 5 stars is in order for this item. It was okay but nothing special and there are far better versions of the twist stepper available even if they are a little more expensive I would say it is worth paying a little bit more and trusting a better one will last a bit longer.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I bought this stepper from Argos as I wanted a way to exercise at home and thought this would be effective without taking up as much room as say a treadmill or an exercise bike. It was also one of the cheaper pieces of exercise equipment available, currently costing £39.95 from Argos. Unfortunately, it did not quite live up to expectations.
The stepper is used (sort of obviously!) by placing both feet on the pedals and stepping, you can adjust the resistance to make it more or less difficult. The exercise works by increasing the heart rate which produces cardiovascular benefits, burns calories and improves general fitness, and by strengthening the muscles in the legs and bottom area.
There are also two cords attached to the base of the stepper with handles on the ends so you can exercise the arms and upper body at the same time. I must confess, I never used these cords as I planned to get the hang of the steps first (I'm a bit un-coordinated) and the stepper actually broke before I got round to trying out the cords.
There were three issues with the stepper that mean I can't recommend it to others. The first two are relatively minor. The four rubber feet left dirty black marks on my floor which were hard to remove, and the stepper made an awful, surprisingly loud creaking noise while it was being used that was very distracting and meant I couldn't step and watch TV at the same time!
The third problem however, was the biggie. The hydraulic mechanism that keeps the steps stepping and provides the resistance just gave up the ghost after about a week. I was happily stepping one day and felt the pressure just disappear until I was just standing flat! I'm not sure if this is a one off issue with my stepper or a more general problem with the design, I don't know either if the creaking sound should have been a warning, but Argos did give me a refund without question in case you want to take a chance!