An aerobic stepper is one of the most versatile equipment in the gym. There are so many things you can do with it since it allows a lot of complicated movements. Aerobic stepper allows you to isolate muscle groups allowing the muscles to be worked out optimally. If you need an exercise stepper that can take a lot of force and abuse it is wise to make a DIY aerobic stepper made from good old-fashioned wood. You will find that the result is much sturdier and will last longer.
DIY aerobic stepper —What is an aerobic stepper?
The exercise stepper is otherwise known as a fitness stepper. It is a simple piece of gym equipment used for cardio exercises. Essentially it is a stable elevated platform that has non-slip covering.
You can make your own durable DIY aerobic stepper effortlessly. The method we will show on how to make your DIY aerobic stepper will last you a lifetime. The material used is so much better than the plastic ones found in gym equipment stores.
Your finished DIY aerobic stepper can be used for leg exercises, but it can also be used for other kinds of exercises. You can use it for upper body exercises and as a support for push-ups and dips.
You can DIY aerobic stepper at home. If you have basic carpentry skills and can wield a saw, you can buy wooden boards and cut them in the required lengths.
If you are not comfortable using a saw or if you want perfect pieces, you can always buy wood that has already been cut to the sizes you need.
Never underestimate the usefulness of a simple aerobic stepper. It may look simple, but it can do wonders in helping you achieve your cardio goals. By merely stepping on and off it, you have already gotten your heart pumping and your pulse racing.
DIY aerobic stepper –Why would you want a homemade exercise stepper?
A DIY aerobic stepper is just like the steppers sold in stores only better. It is small, light, sturdy, and easy to carry around.
The ideal elevation of a DIY aerobic stepper is six inches off the ground. The low elevation provides a workout that is low impact. With this kind of measurement, you will hardly have to bend your knees more than ninety degrees, and your spine doesn’t have to be hyperextended.
A DIY aerobic stepper can help you achieve your goals of attaining leg flexibility and abdominal strength. If you are just starting out, you can use it regularly to attain good balance and coordination. It can also help you with your agility if you are an athlete since you can do footwork drills with it.
You can add more challenge to your workout by using ankle weights or a jump rope. The use of resistance bands, kettlebells, and dumbbells will help you work out your upper body as you step up and down.
An exercise stepper is already a great tool by itself, and with some additional exercise equipment, it is even better. A stepper is a piece of must-have equipment in your mini home gym.
How to make a DIY aerobic stepper
You will need the following tools to construct your DIY aerobic stepper
- Saw- you can use any kind of saw such as a table saw, but an electric saw is the easiest and most convenient to use. Another saw you can use are bow saw and handsaw.
- Staple gun
- Power drill
- A drill bit that is one-fourth inch wide
- Ruler, tape measure
You will need the following supplies which can be purchase on any home depot or construction supplies store:
- One wood measuring two by four and about sixty-six inches long
- One wood measuring two by six and about thirty-six inches long
- 16 screws that are one-fourth inch wide and two and a half inches long
- A non-slip liner that is about twenty inches wide and fifty-four inches long
Steps in making a DIY aerobic stepper
Making your DIY aerobic stepper should be easy. Some steps will only take a couple of seconds to a few minutes. Everything is explained to make it clear.
First, the wooden boards should be cut to the specified lengths. Divide the wood into three equal sections that are twenty-two inches long.
Next, get the two by six-piece wood and divided it into four equal parts, each piece measuring nine inches.
Use your saw of choice and slice the wooden boards along the drawn lines. In the end, you should have three pieces of two by four with each spanning twenty-two inches in length and four pieces of two by six with each spanning nine inches in length.
The legs of your stepper will be the two by six pieces. Put one on top of the other and use screws to fasten them together. It is crucial to mark the locations where you will fasten the two pieces, so when you use the power drills, it will be easier to attach them.
Avoid putting two screws on the same wood grain line; otherwise, the board might split. A good tip is to place the screws two inches apart from opposing corners on a diagonal line.
The other two to by six pieces should be fastened together with a screw using the same technique. Your leg pieces are now fastened and ready
The next step is to fasten the platform to the top of the legs. One end of the two by four pieces should be centered perpendicularly over one of the legs. It should form an upper-case T.
Above the area where it overlaps with the leg, mark two holes in the two by four platforms. Make sure you don’t split the wood, and once again, the holes should be placed on a diagonal pattern.
Use to screws to fasten the first two by four platforms to the leg.
Repeat the process to the other two by four pieces. Your two by four pieces should now resemble a bridge which connects the two legs at opposite ends.
The remaining two by fours should be placed on either side and parallel to the assembled piece.
The edges should line up smoothly with the edges of the first board with sides of the leg pieces beneath.
There should be a bit of overhang where the sides of the platform meet the legs below.
Put a mark and drill the holes necessary to attach the remaining two by fours to the legs. Again, it is crucial to put the screws diagonally. The skeleton of your exercise stepper is now finished and assembled.
On any flat surface, lay down the non-slip liner.
Turn your exercise stepper frame over and center it on the length of the liner. The legs of the stepper should be facing up. It is crucial to have enough shelf liner sticking out from under the frame on all sides.
Take one end of the shelf liner and put it over the stepper across the leg and then over the side the leg. You should create three right angles.
Staple the liner to the inside of the leg using a staple gun. Use as many staples as you need to secure it.
Repeat the same process on the other leg. You should now have a wrapped stepper with a bit of liner hanging on the sides.
Use scissors to cut slits in the liner overhanging every angle. Make the flaps fold over each other similar to a box.
Fold the flaps in any direction and secure them with a staple on the wood. Your stepper’s corners should now all be wrapped in a non-slip liner.
Fold and strap the liner sticking out from the sides of the platform
DIY aerobic stepper –TIPS
Twelve inches is the total length of the three two by fours placed side by side. However, the legs of the stepper are shorter at only 9 inches in length. There should be an extra inch of platform overhang on your DIY aerobic stepper.
This shouldn’t bother you since it is all part of the design. The bit of overhang gives you a place to grip the platform’s edge. This is useful when you need to use the stepper to perform dips and other floor exercises.
Some Tips for Safe Stepping
When you are using the stepper, make sure to bend your ankles instead of your waist. This will help minimize the stress on your back’s muscles.
Avoid pounding your feet when stepping up or down. The softer and more controlled your step, the fewer chances that your joints and bones will be damaged.
If you have arthritis or joint pain and suffer from instability, you can use extra support such as a chair to balance your movement while you step.
Make sure that as you step up, your entire foot is on the platform. If you step with only the front portion of your foot and leave the rest hanging, you may lose your balance, and the foot stepper might tip over.
If you have a stepper at home, you can plan out your aerobic exercises and have a great cardio workout. Having a DIY aerobic stepper is even better since the design is more versatile with the platform overhang. You can use DIY aerobic stepper for low-floor workouts and full-body leg workouts, and you can be sure your stepper will last you for the long term.