Stepper Workout Guide

Boost your cardiovascular fitness

Ready for the ultimate fat burn and calorie blast workout? Working out using the stepper can help you make huge progress in terms of your fitness and your health. Keep reading this Xercise4Less Stepper Workout Guide to help you make progress fast.

Whether you’re ready to join a gym, new to gyms, a casual gym goer or an experienced gym user, you’ll find Xercise4Less gyms the right place to start your fitness journey. Stepping into the cardio zones at Xercise4Less will allow you to supercharge your health and wellbeing by climbing numerous flights of stairs in just one spot in each of our gyms across the UK.

Using the stepper in the cardio zone

Don’t get stuck with your same old cardio routine; burn calories fast, increase your speed and build your stamina with a full body workout on the stepper. There are lots of ways that you can use a stepper at Xercise4Less to make your workouts more exciting and to even shock your body into a fat burning state to really maximise results.

Once you’ve stepped onto the machine, make sure that you’re comfortable and have set the machine to a comfortable level. Then, by holding onto the handles, keep yourself stood upright and push your feet down on the steps to help you build up some power and momentum.

When using the stepper, you have a couple of different options – low intensity or high intensity. Low intensity stepper workouts mean using the machine for a long period of time such as 30-60 minutes. Whilst performing a low intensity workout, it’s important to keep your back straight and not hunched to prevent injury. Try to keep a steady and consistent pace so that you can keep working for your designated time – you may need to lower the level on the machine to allow you to do this.

High intensity workouts are slightly different. Firstly, it will be a lot shorter in length with anything from 5 to 30 minutes. For high intensity stepper workouts, continue focusing on your form but increase the level so that the steps feel a lot lighter and more difficult to control. This will mean that your body is forced to work harder to keep it upright. If you can’t maintain this level for a long period of time, you could opt for 1-5 minutes ‘sprints’ so that you work for a short period of time but give maximum effort and then rest. This will increase your heart rate substantially and therefore push you closer to your weight loss goals.

Make great steps on your weight loss journey

Steppers are a great piece of equipment that will help you work towards your fitness journey and fitness goals. If you’re aiming to work on your weight loss, there are lots of small things that you can do to make a difference. One of those includes increasing your daily steps. For example, aiming for 10,000 steps a day could allow you to burn extra calories and therefore increase your weight loss results. If you’re unable to walk around during the day due to work or life commitments, step into the cardio zone at Xercise4Less and work towards your daily step goals.

All of the team at Xercise4Less are keen to help you focus on your goals with us and if that is specifically weight loss, the cardio zones (and steppers especially) could be incredibly beneficial to you. We provide over 400 pieces of exercise equipment, so you never waste time looking for fitness gear and delaying your workout. Every Xercise4Less gym provides enough steppers so that our members can blast calories with intensive stepping sessions at a time that suits them and their schedule.

Next time you visit Xercise4Less, use this full body stepper workout guide to supercharge your fitness programme with these variations of stepper training.

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Join Xercise4Less Gyms today

Joining us means that you get a great value gym membership but also become part of a fitness community that will help to push you closer to your fitness goals. Whether you’ve never stepped foot into a gym before or are an experience gym goer, join the Xercise4Less community today and take those all-important first steps onto your health and fitness journey.

Benefit from quality gym facilities like our Ladies Only Gym Zone, spacious Spin Studio or Combat Zone with full-sized boxing ring or attend one of our classes including the famous Les Mills sessions – either way, completely transform your workout programme.

5 Ways to Burn Body Fat at Home

HiiT Workout at Home
HiiT Workout at Home

Smash your 2020 Fitness Goals

If you set yourself a challenge to reduce your body fat and to become leaner in 2020, we want to help you keep working towards that goal. Body fat can sometimes be stubborn and really mess up your body confidence but by altering your diet and training, you’ll soon be burning excess body fat and feeling healthier and happier.

Keep reading to read our advice all about how you can burn body fat at home until you’re back in the gym using our wide range of quality equipment and facilities.

Mix Up Your Diet and Training

There may be lots of different factors that contribute towards your fat gain, but the main two tend to be diet and lifestyle. Once you’ve mastered some, or all, of these changes, you’ll really boost your fitness and smash your goals:

  • Clean Your Diet – Nutrition is essential to help you live a healthier and happier life. By eating healthier foods, you’ll notice that your body shreds weight and body fat a lot quicker. This doesn’t mean that you need to live on salads and follow fad diets but you should try to limit junk food and takeaways and increase the amount of fresh and protein-rich foods that you’re eating.

  • Try HiiT Training – HiiT stands for High Intensity Interval Training and it’s tough but very rewarding. HiiT workouts involve working for 40-60 second intervals followed by a 10-20 second rest. This low rest time keeps your heart rate high which means that you’re burning calories and body fat at a quicker rate, especially with exercises like burpees, mountain climbers and jumping jacks. As HiiT workouts are short, they prevent you from getting bored and keep exercise fun!

  • Do More Cardio – To help reduce the amount of body fat that you have in your body, you need to do regular cardio training. It doesn’t matter if you’re not a strong runner or swimmer; you can go for long walks or climb the stairs in your house for 15-20 minutes a day instead. However, the more intense cardiovascular training that you do, the more of an impact it will have on your fat burning results.
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Weights Are Your Friend!

People sometimes tend to shy away from free weights equipment such as dumbbells, barbells and kettlebells when it comes to weight loss and fat burn but using them will help you see amazing results.

  • Low Weights, High Reps – To use weights purely for weight loss and fat burn, drop the to a low weight and perform a higher number of reps. For example, instead of a heavy kettlebell that will help with muscle growth, instead use a lighter one and aim to complete 20-30 kettlebell swings or barbell squats. This type of training when performed regularly will help you achieve your desired results.

  • Perform Compound Exercises – Compound exercises are ones that use multiple muscles/muscle groups at one time. This of course requires more energy and work from your body which means that your body is burning more calories and body fat. Some examples of compound exercises are deadlifts, squats, pull ups and bench press. If you’re new to this type of training, ease yourself into it and always ensure that your form is correct to prevent any injury.

Exercise at Home with Xercise4Less Gyms

Whilst you might be missing your favourite piece of equipment from your Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. There are lots of different types of training that can help you burn body fat and whilst you’re at home.

We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes. You might just fall in love with a type of training that you never tried before.

We’re also offering our members exclusive access to a number of Live Stream and On-Demand group exercises classes with everything from Zumba and Les Mills Body Combat to PiYo, Yoga and Children’s Taekwondo. Come and join our expert personal trainers today as they take you through our classes exactly as you’d do them in the gym.

Boosting Your Weight Loss Results at Home

Weight Loss at Home
Weight Loss at Home

Working Towards Your Weight Loss

Were you using our gyms to help you with your weight loss? We understand that a lot of members benefit from our wide range of equipment and facilities to reach their weight loss goals but in the meantime, you can do this from home.

Remember why you started at the gym and remain focused on your goals so that you’re able to keep pushing yourself even on your challenging days to achieve your desired results. You may have a bit of extra time on your hands now that you’re at home; use this to your advantage and really focus on your weight loss and get the results you’ve always wanted.

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Burning More Calories Than You Consume

There is no secret method to weight loss. The simplest way to see it is that you need to burn more calories than you consume. This doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself from eating the food you like or sweet treats but you do need to eat these in moderation if you’re serious about your weight loss results.

If you’re eating slightly more when you’re at home, don’t worry about it. To make sure that you’re losing weight and in a calorie deficit, you just need to try move more to burn extra calories. This might mean doing a home workout during the day and then walking, running or cycling for an hour on an evening. By setting yourself daily targets, you’ll be able to reach your weight loss goals sooner than you think. For example, aim to walk 10,000 steps every day or do a HIIT or fat burning home workout every day. When you combine these with a healthy and balanced diet, you’ll receive the results you want.

In the absence of gym equipment, use what you can at home to keep you going. We’re all missing the gym and the wide range of facilities available to use but they’ll still be there when we reopen so in the meantime, get creative at home and follow a similar workout routine to help with weight loss.

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Try Different Types of Exercises to Lose Weight

There isn’t one set type of exercise that will help you to lose weight but there are lots of different things that you can do to move your body more that will help you burn excess calories and body fat. By changing up your exercise routine regularly it’ll keep you engaged and prevent you from getting bored. Once you get bored, you’re more likely to give in so try different things in your spare time and see what type of exercise is best suited to you and your body.

Your first type of exercise you could try is cardio. Cardio in our gyms means treadmills, exercise bikes, stair climbers and rowing machines but at home it’s slightly different. Mimic all of the movements you do at the gym in your house; for example, running outside, sprinting up and down your stairs and cycling outdoors. Cardiovascular exercise is proven to burn a large amount of calories which will making it slightly easier for you to burn excess calories and body fat.

HIIT is also a short yet effective weight loss exercise as it raises your heart rate and helps you burn calories fast. Don’t forget about weight training too. When you’re training with weighted equipment, you burn calories fast during but also after your workout which make it even more effective for weight loss.

Regular Exercise at Home Boosts Weight Loss

Try not to postpone your weight loss goals whilst you’re at home. You may be frustrated with the current situation but there are still things that you can do to make progress in terms of weight loss. On your lower days, remind yourself that all of our equipment, facilities and group exercise classes will be waiting for you once we reopen.

Whilst you might be missing your local Xercise4Less gym, use this time to try new things and mix up your typical training routine. Weight loss can be achieved with a variety of exercise types so give them a try and see what you end up falling in love with.

We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts that you can complete in the comfort of your own home/garden. There is something for everyone – any ability, any fitness goal, any age – so whilst our gyms are temporarily closed, give one of them a try and see how it goes.

The Best Bodyweight Exercises for Weight Loss

Woman Skipping in Gym
Woman Skipping in Gym

Burn Calories and Body Fat With Bodyweight Exercises

There are lots of different ways that you can lose weight and work on weight loss fitness goals with exercise. One of the ways to do that is with bodyweight exercises. These are a really effective way of working out and they can help you to build up your heart rate when performed quickly which results in your body burning more calories and body fat.

Trying to lose weight whilst our gyms are closed? Stick with us and we’ll show you how to smash your weight loss goals at the home until you can get back to your gym routine. For the best possible weight loss results, it’s important to get your diet clean and suited to your lifestyle choices. When combining the two of these, you’ll be able to drop your weight much faster.

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The Ultimate Weight Loss Routine

When it comes to bodyweight exercises and weight loss, there is only really one result – high intensity training. A firm favourite workout style of ours is HiiT; high intensity interval training. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this type of training, it includes working out for short periods of time but giving your full energy and maximum potential in each exercise interval. Combining this with minimal rest periods allows you to keep your heart rate high, improve your cardiovascular fitness and ultimately burn a high amount of calories.

If you’re trying to lose weight at the moment, follow HIIT workouts at home. The only piece of ‘equipment’ that you’ll need is yourself so find yourself a dedicated exercise space either in the house or in the garden and start working out.

Exercises that include maximum movement are the ones that will help you burn calories fast. This is movements such as jumping lunges, squat jumps, jumping jacks, high knees and tuck jumps. Depending on your fitness abilities, you may find some high energy bodyweight exercises difficult but always push yourself to do what you can. If you’re unable to perform squat jumps, opt for a static squat instead but increase the speed of your reps to push yourself closer to your weight loss goals. This should help you build up the ability and confidence to perform a full squat jump in later days, weeks or months.

Full Body Bodyweight Exercises

The great things about bodyweight exercise is that it provides no barriers to your workout. You’re able to work every muscle and every body part as you wish. Whatever your problem area or the muscle group that you’re trying to target, there is a bodyweight exercise that will help you in that specific area. Another positive to bodyweight exercises is that they’re something everyone can try. Gym beginners might not be familiar with free weights or certain machines in the gym, but you don’t have to worry about that. Whether you’ve never stepped into a gym before or attend X4L 7 days a week, bodyweight exercises can be really beneficial to you and your fitness goals.

Is your upper body a problem area for you? Tricep dips are a great bodyweight exercise that help to tone your upper arms and the faster that you perform this exercise, the more calories your body will burn. Press ups are another great exercise and exercises such as mountain climbers, sprints and burpees are perfect for working your full body at one time. Similarly, if you’re looking to tone your legs, try some jumping lunges. With each jump you’ll fire up your quads and glutes whilst pushing your body into a fat burning state.

The more energy that you put into your bodyweight exercises and workouts, the better your weight loss results will be. You simply burn more calories when your heart rate is higher. So, don’t worry about any equipment for the time being, focus on building strong foundations with regular bodyweight movements instead and reap the many benefits. Once you’ve done this, you can explore the wide range of equipment and facilities we have in our gyms across the UK with confidence and ease.

Keep Smashing Your Fitness Goals at Home

At Xercise4Less Gyms, we understand how important your fitness goals are to you and we respect our varied fitness community. We’ve put together a wide range of @Home Workouts suited to all fitness abilities and people with weight loss goals, strength building goals and much more.

If you’re without equipment at the moment, don’t worry, we’ve put together a number of workouts that you can follow such as HIIT 1, HIIT Lower Body, HIIT Upper Circuit and more. All of these require only your bodyweight and will help you smash your weight loss goals whilst we’re temporarily closed.