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Your Glutes Will Thank You For Adding An Aerobic Stepper To Your Home Gym

Women's Health Logo By Erin Warwood, Jasmine Gomez of Women's Health | Slide 1 of 11: Aerobic steppers may seem so '80s, but the benefits of having an elevated platform handy while exercising have stood the test of time. "Using a stepper is a low-impact way to incorporate explosive, powerful moves into your workout," says Stephanie Reyes, a NASM-certified trainer in Atlanta. It's great for cardio, she adds, because the up-and-down action increases your heart rate. Taking a virtual step workout class is one way to utilize this piece of home gym equipment, but it's not the only option. You can use the stepper to level up your strength training, too, Reyes says. It's perf for performing exercises that require an elevated surface such as step-ups or Bulgarian split squats. And you can up the intensity of your planks, pushups, and lower-body exercises like lunges by placing one or both of your feet up on a riser. Creating a sharper angle of incline or decline—or an uneven surface for single-leg moves—makes your bod work that much harder to stay balanced and stable. Reyes also suggests using your stepper as a bench, depending on its height, for moves like chest presses and rows, as working on the elevated surface instead of the floor allows you to increase your range of motion and work your muscles more. However you choose to use'em, the best part is that aerobic steppers are a fairly inexpensive piece of workout equipment. If you're looking to add one to your personal gym stash, here's a list of the best step platforms for working out. Each one's been selected based on user reviews and top ratings at trusted online retailers.

Aerobic steppers may seem so '80s, but the benefits of having an elevated platform handy while exercising have stood the test of time. "Using a stepper is a low-impact way to incorporate explosive, powerful moves into your workout," says Stephanie Reyes, a NASM-certified trainer in Atlanta. It's great for cardio, she adds, because the up-and-down action increases your heart rate.

Taking a virtual step workout class is one way to utilize this piece of home gym equipment, but it's not the only option. You can use the stepper to level up your strength training, too, Reyes says. It's perf for performing exercises that require an elevated surface such as step-ups or Bulgarian split squats. And you can up the intensity of your planks, pushups, and lower-body exercises like lunges by placing one or both of your feet up on a riser. Creating a sharper angle of incline or decline—or an uneven surface for single-leg moves—makes your bod work that much harder to stay balanced and stable.

Reyes also suggests using your stepper as a bench, depending on its height, for moves like chest presses and rows, as working on the elevated surface instead of the floor allows you to increase your range of motion and work your muscles more.

However you choose to use'em, the best part is that aerobic steppers are a fairly inexpensive piece of workout equipment. If you're looking to add one to your personal gym stash, here's a list of the best step platforms for working out. Each one's been selected based on user reviews and top ratings at trusted online retailers.

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