Summary: The price is at the pro end of the fitness equipment range (though less than 1/3rd of the top StairMaster StepMills). For this you get an amazing machine which will get you cardio fit in no time + a ton of extra features. Check it out at amazon.co.uk via this dedicated product page now!
Detailed Review of the StairMaster StepMill SM3 Stepper
I’m going to tell you right away that the StairMaster SM3 StepMill is not for the faint of heart, and definitely not for beginners. It is excellent for building stamina because it provides a high-impact workout, the kind you don’t want to start with and can’t do anything else for the rest of the session; still, if you can handle it, it does wonders to your legs and cardio, better than any treadmill or cross trainer can within the same period.
On the first look it just looks like a small staircase, which it is because you only see about 4 to 6-inch stairs, but it comes alive after you turn it on. These steps revolve, like an escalator, reaching speeds of around 26 – 162 steps per minute which is pretty fast even to a seasoned athlete, and can handle users up to 275lb in weight. It’s still secure, though, and automatically goes off with the help of a safety stop sensor at the rear of the base, therefore no serious injuries if your knees give out and happen to fall.
Value for Money
What you get from this gym apart from a serious workout is value for your money; all necessary features have been included to serve you longer and effectively. Take the handrails for example, you might think that they may be incompatible with you because maybe you’re too tall or short, but in fact they have been designed ergonomically to be able to serve all users. Plus, hidden inside them are pulse rate sensors, so besides just providing security, they also capture your heart rate.
This information is then displayed on an LCD display situated at eye level so you can see clearly. Other data is available too, such as number of steps, speed, time and number of calories you have expended, all this displayed for you to keep track of your progress. You can now forget about your gym instructor because the computer running the monitor has got preinstalled programs such as Quick Start, Manual, Steady, Mystery Challenge, Build, Bell Shaped, Calorie Burner, Fat Burner, Heart Rate Zone Trainer and Heart Rate Intervals which in effect guides you through your workout.
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StairMaster SM3 Technical details
- Speed ranges from 26 to 162 steps per minute
- 10 workout programmes included for various target areas
- Polar-compatible heart rate monitoring keeps you informed
- Backlit LCD display indicates your progress throughout the workout
- Effective for cardio and strength workouts
- StairMaster brand – the ultimate in this category
- Wide range of speeds
- Compatible with POLAR monitoring
- Bigger price tag compared to most home fitness equipment
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