Step Four: Get the right gear
Choosing a Step Height
Choreography has a tremendous impact on workout intensity, but
step height will also dramatically affect how challenging a video
may be. If you have no step experience, begin with a 4" step (no risers) and work your way up if you desire.
Higher is not always better, though! Step Reebok, which has done much of the current research into step safety and effectiveness, has established guidelines
for choosing a step height. Thanks to Larry DeLuca for the
As of 1994, Step Reebok suggested platform heights of between
4 and 10 inches, depending on level of proficiency and aerobic
fitness, as follows:
|| An individual who has not taken part in
a regular exercise program for some time
| up to 6"
|| A regular exerciser who has never
performed step training
| up to 8"
|| A regular step trainer
| up to 10"
|| A skilled and regular step trainer
Reebok has also added the following provisos:
- Regardless of the level of fitness, do not allow
participants to select a platform height that allows the
knee to flex more than 90 degrees when the knee is weight
bearing. It is preferable that the knee does not flex
more than 60 degrees when it is weight bearing.
- Participants should use the lowest platform height
that will provide a training effect that will meet their
Many of our community members, particularly those 5'3" and shorter, never use a step higher than 6 inches.
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