6 Step Machines to Step Up Your Training

From compact steppers to revolving staircases, we've rounded up our favorite step machines for every space and budget. Time to shatter your activity tracker's step goals.

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Step Machines #6: Twisting Stair Stepper with Bands

Want to tone and strengthen your muscles but short on space and cash? The Sunny Health & Fitness Twisting Stair Stepper is the best addition to your home gym. Compact and portable, this step machine may be tiny, but it's mighty. The twisting action and included resistance bands add another level to your low-impact exercise by working your core and upper body as well as your legs. This mini stair stepper offers great value and is ideal for apartment living. ($83; kohls.com)

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Step Machines #5: SpaceMate Folding Stepper

If you have a little more to spend but still need a space-saving step machine, you can't go wrong with the Stamina SpaceMate Folding Stepper. Our favorite feature about this stair stepper is the hydraulic resistance, which can be adjusted to match the intensity you prefer for your workout. Keep track of your number of steps per minute, total steps, and calories burned on the monitor to stay motivated. When you have guests staying over, the stepper easily folds away for storage. ($104; amazon.com)

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Step Machines #4: StepFit Climber, 2-in-1 Stepper & Climber

Getting more steps in every day is a great start to a healthier lifestyle, but if you want something a little more challenging, get a step machine with a built-in climber. The Weslo StepFit Climber allows you to customize your workout. Choose to focus on your arms, legs, or both at the same time. Have more than one person in your household who wants to use this machine? No problem. The adjustable handle height means multiple users can get a solid workout with this step machine. ($201; walmart.com)

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Step Machines #3: Gazelle Supreme Glider

Combine a step machine with the smooth motion of an elliptical and you get the Gazelle Supreme Glider. Perfect for anyone who experiences joint pain, the Gazelle provides both a cardio workout and resistance training without the high impact that other exercise machines require. Plus, the glider is loaded with other features that increase your range of motion and improve your stability while you work up a sweat. As an added bonus, this machine folds up in case you need to store it. ($300; dickssportinggoods.com)

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Step Machines #2: Bowflex Max Trainer M5

If you really want to step up your training, you need the Bowflex Max Trainer M5. This step machine offers total customization no matter your athletic ability. Want to get in a quick, effective workout before that dinner date? Select the 14-minute Max Interval workout and you never have to go a day without getting in some exercise. There are also eight other pre-programmed workouts or manual mode if you want a longer sweat sesh. Computer-operated resistance, Bluetooth compatibility, and comfort grips make this calorie-burning machine one of our favorite stair steppers on the market. ($1,599; bowflex.com)

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Step Machines #1: StairMaster StepMill 3

The StairMaster brand is basically synonymous with stair steppers, and for good reason. The StepMill 3 step machine, for example, features a revolving staircase that really gets your heart pumping. Adjust your speed and keep track of your calories burned, heart rate, floors traveled, and steps per minute with the LCD display. The built-in reading rack allows you to catch up on the latest bestseller while getting your cardio in for the day. This step machine is a great piece of equipment to have, especially if you're training for an upcoming hiking trip or marathon. ($4,885; jet.com)

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