Why I Don’t Like Stair Steppers
August 15, 2012
by Stephen R. Santangelo
As you know from previous articles regarding fancy chrome gym equipment, I have real issues with commercial gyms and infomercials pushing their clever conniving marketing schemes for better health.
Granted, most of the time doing anything is better than doing nothing!
However, when it comes to body mechanics, movement skills, the way the body is designed and meant to function machines just don’t cut it. All athletes, law enforcement officers, fire fighters, Special Forces and first responders must develop and execute with the greatest efficiency as possible. This is what real world training is all about.
Every stair stepper I have ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of them in my experience, do not place the body in proper joint angles and are very limited in range of motion. Along with developing negative motor patterns the muscles do not work in harmony and do not transfer over in real life. The body must work as a complete unit to execute a given task or skill to optimize performance.
Every piece of equipment has its merits and its faults. You must ask yourself do the merits outperform and outnumber the faults. Do not take the easy road and “pretend” to put out effort. Examine what you’re doing and put out real effort as we do here at Primal.