|Posted on October 6, 2018 at 3:15 PM|
There's a new piece of kit in gyms right now - only it's an old piece of kit. Yes, we're talking about the Stairmaster/stepper (see pic). Once the machine oif choice for gym bunnies intent on burning calories it was mainly retired off around ten years ago in favour of its trendier sister the Crosstrainer in which the arms and legs move simultaneously. But thanks to an Instagram generation which is more concerned with a shapely butt than a skinny body, it's made a comeback and gyms are now installing the latest models.
And that's good news because not only does it work the glutes, it works the quadriceps, the hamstrings and also gives a good cardio workout, used properly.
It's critics argue it can be a little boring due to the fact that you step forever, but never reach the top - not to mention the fact that walking up and down steps is a tedious part of everyday life so why also do it in the gym? But, you can make it more interesting. For example:
* walk up two steps at a time *turn to the left/right, hold onto the handrails and step one foot over the other laterally *do it while holding dumbbells *you can practice interval training. For e.g step as fast as you can for 20 secs every minute.
Having a strong, toned behind has benefits other than looking good in denim. It helps with everyday functional tasks particularly as we age - for e.g getting out of a chair. It also helps prevent injury as strong glute muscles means less shock will be absorbed in the lower back and knees during weight bearing exercise. Strong glutes, also helps improve your posture.
So, what are you waiting for? Step it up and go for the glute force!