Is a stepper the same as an elliptical machine? Well it has the lower mechanism of an elliptical machine, and if you can’t afford a full sized model then Sunny Health & Fitness have a full range of stepper models, ranging from the mini stepper to the twister Stepper. They are all highly praised, with some seriously positive reviews from over thousands of buyers on Amazon, and they represent excellent value for money.
An elliptical trainer worth its salt has comfortable foot pedals & Sunny has provided that with it’s remarkable steppers. For your comfort, large foot pedals are provided to fit a wide gamut of foot sizes. They also have slip resistant rubber which keeps your feet planted firmly throughout your workout.
So is there any more to it than just the foot pedals? Yes, this stepper is basically a portable elliptical machine and as such it also has an on-board computer. The LCD display shows your total step count, time, the calories burned and the rep count.
So How Does The Twister Stepper Work?
A Sunny step machine moves up and down and the SF1115 model has a twist action which is powered by your thighs, hamstrings, buttocks and calf muscles. By stepping and twisting you will tone up all these lower leg muscles and also work the obliques (love handles) at the sides of your abdomen. Just like a standard full sized elliptical you can vary the resistance levels for more intensity. And just like on a full sized machine, the level of impact is minimal on your joints.
Another bonus of the stepper is that it is compact. It measures 18.5in L x 16in W x 8in H. You can get a great workout without compromising your living space. Sunny also bill this product “the folding climbing stepper”.
Some versions have a handlebar as well so if you don’t fancy getting the step only model the choice is yours.
The max weight of the Sunny Twister Stepper without the handlebars (P8000 model & SF115 model) is 220 pounds. The dual-action swivel stepper also has a 220 pound limit as does the handlebar version. Some models have a 250 weight limit so just check the details before you buy if you are above 220 pounds. Saying that they are really robust and made with heavy duty steel, and the build quality contributes to the almost 5* ratings the full range of Sunny steppers get on Amazon.
Does It Work The Upper Body?
It depends what version you buy. The aforementioned dual-action swivel stepper works the upper body for sure and the standard stepper & twister stepper have built in resistant bands attached to it that work the upper body. You can purchase the model also in pink and without resistance bands.
Does The Sunny Twister Stepper Have Any Drawbacks?
You can only use the stepper for 15 minutes at a time as this is the max time limit for continuous use. If you use if for longer the hydraulics can over heat. If they overheat they can get damaged and they will start to make an irregular noise. There are lubrication instructions with the manual that are simple to apply that will help keep your machine from overheating.
Although according to Sunny’s customer service, the machine can handle close to an hour of continuous use. The 15 minute time limit is a precaution to prolong the life of your machine. With adequate lubrication you should be able to use yours for 30-45 minutes each day with no problems.
One of the benefits of an elliptical is that you can get a full workout done in a short period of time, plus all the evidence suggests that short high intensity and interval style workouts are more beneficial for losing weight, and more importantly for your heart health.
Even if you have a full sized elliptical or treadmill you will appreciate just being able to pull this out in your kitchen, or take to a friends house or on a business trip or vacation. Storage will never be an issue.
If you don’t need the full range of features a full size elliptical has but you still like the principles behind one, now you can get a lot of the same benefits with one of these steppers.