Pros: easy to use, small, works various body parts at the same time
Cons: not great if you are very strong or have balance problems
A couple of years ago I was asked to review Hers Mini Stepper with Bands made by IMPEX. I bought it while in Sports Authority. It was $70.00 and we have an elliptical but step machines are great for the butt and calves. I have looked around and found it for much less in other stores!
About the Hers Mini Stepper and what I got:
an electronic display.
a limited warranty for two years on the mechanical parts. I wouldn’t hold my breath on this warranty but this is a simple machine. Other than the bands, which could break but they are really heavy duty and the monitor (I guess that’s most of the machine!), there isn’t much to break.
a compact stepper that measures about 15 ½ inches long by 12 inches wide by 5 inches high.
a machine, while not portable since there is no handle (That would be a great feature.) weighs about 20 pounds so it can easily be moved. It is small enough to hide in a closet.
a machine with a maximum user weight of 250 pounds.
a machine with rubber feet so my hardwood floor doesn’t get scratched.
Let’s use it:
The Stepper was very easy to put together. I was a bit apprehensive getting on it. I had a feeling that I would be very unsteady and I wasn’t. That isn’t to say that you shouldn’t be careful. You should, especially if you have balance issues or this is your first time on a step machine. There are no sides to hold onto and please, this is not a toy so keep your children away from it!
The stepper acts just like any stepper would. One foot goes up when the other one goes done. I make it go faster or slower. I find the pedals move easily without any noise.
Nice features of Hers Mini Stepper are the bands that are attached to hooks which screw right into the front of the Stepper. Without these I think the machine would be a below average gizmo.
The pedals are 12 inches long by 4 ½ inches wide. I totally feel this is made for a woman, which in the world of fitness equipment is pretty unique. The pedals have a nice lip so my feet cannot fall forward and great treads that keep me on the pedals.
The monitor uses batteries and shows calories burned, strides per minute, has a scan mode, counter, and timer. It is small and hard to see so it isn’t something I use until I am done. I could do away with this and save the $10.00 that is probably added on for this device.
The cable handles are made of foam and are really comfortable to hold. They are much more comfortable than traditional resistance bands, which often just have plastic handles.
I really like the multi-tasking aspect of the Hers Mini Stepper. It is so easy to just use the stepper while doing biceps curls or upright rows. I would definitely supplement this with a pair of 3 to 5-pound dumbbells (If you are buying this as a gift that would be a nice add-on for $10.00 to 15.00.) for chest and back work.
Jo’s Final Thoughts:
This is a cute machine for the money. I do worry that the cables are just attached to the machine with a hook that screws in. If they come out, that can be very dangerous. The step action itself is great as long as you don’t lose your balance. So I am rating the stepper 3 stars. I like it for the middle aged or older woman who is not so strong as to pull the bands out but is agile enough to get some benefits from the stepper and the cable work.
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