Running stairs is one of my favorite forms of cardio. You can get an excellent workout in a short amount of time. Something my clients love.
I’ve trained clients using the bleachers at football stadiums, the stairwell in large apartment or office buildings and the StairMaster at the gym.
Since we all live such busy lives, a few people asked me what they could do at home in place of the stairs. They either didn’t have access to stairs or needed to workout at home so they could watch their children at the same time.
They also didn’t want to spend $3,000+ dollars on a Stepmill or have some large piece of equipment taking up a lot of room in their house.
The solution…the mini stepper.
Unlike most of the equipment we review, we didn’t have a lot of options in which to pick. On top of that, we didn’t like most of the products we reviewed.
Out of around 25 products we tested, we decided to pick two.
Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper
One of the products we liked was the Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper.
It’s a compact and surprisingly very sturdy and well-built machine.
Instead of being a typical up and down motion, this model has a slight “twist” which turns your feet at a slight angle. We didn’t find this as a positive or a negative.
The resistance adjustment isn’t user friendly, but once we had it set on the setting we liked, we never felt the need to adjust it again.
The product comes with two resistance bands, but they are low quality bands that we decided not to use. Instead, we used two of the bands from our Bodylastics kit.
Personally, we preferred to not use the resistance bands while using the S&F Twister. We found it awkward and hard to balance while trying to do both at the same time.
The onboard computer tracks number of steps, overall time and calories burned (which is never accurate on any machine).
Overall, it’s a nice portable stair climber that will get the job done and you can put it in the closet when it’s not in use.
Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper
Our second choice was the Sunny Health & Fitness Mini Stepper.
As you can see, it’s basically the same machine without the twist.
It comes with the same low quality resistance bands that we also didn’t use.
Even without the twisting motion, we found it awkward to try to do resistance training while doing the stepping motion.
Both of these products are about the same price, so it comes down to a matter of personal taste.
To twist or not to twist, that is the question. The answer…it doesn’t matter. Just get to stepping!