Stamina InMotion Elliptical

The Mini Stepper: Is a Mini Elliptical Worthwhile?

A mini stepper machine such as the Stamina In-Motion Elliptical Trainer offers interesting options to those who either don't have space for full-size machines, or whose work schedules make it difficult to find time to exercise – or those who face both challenges!


Typical of its class of mini steppers,  the Stamina In-Motion is really small – it is 21.5" long, 12.5" wide, 14" high – and really portable, as it weighs around 24 lbs. It’s easy to set up, and takes about 10 minutes to assemble.

The sales page at Amazon lists nearly 1700 customer reviews of this mini elliptical, averaging four stars - 70% of those reviews are either four or five stars, so the product seems to be meeting the needs of a lot of people.  

The last price seen was $86.

Of course, it does not have any handles, and for some people that may present a balance problem (you may need to hold on to a chair until you get the hang of it); on the other hand, the need to keep your balance will help to work your core muscles.

If you prefer something to hang on to, there is also a model to suit you – the Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer with Handle (see below).

It’s light enough to move around the house to as your work/leisure pattern changes, and if you take it to the office, you can tuck it under your desk and exercise during your working day.

Do remember this is a mini elliptical trainer – you won’t be taking long strides, so you’ll get a low-level cardio exercise rather than the more intense one you might on a full size machine.

You probably won’t get the same working life out of it as you would expect from one of the larger machines, but as it is relatively inexpensive a replacement mini elliptical machine won’t do too much damage to your savings.

Features

Burn a similar number of calories as jogging , but offers a low-impact workout that is easy on your back, knees, hips and ankles.
Stores easily under a desk or in a closet.
The belt tension can be varied to change the working intensity.
There’s a LCD monitor console to help you measure your fitness; it will track the number of strides per minute and total number of strides, time used, calories burned and other statistics.
Made of durable, steel frame with large non-slip pedals and feet
The foot pedals can be used in reverse to give your lower body some variation in workout.

What’s in the box:

Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer
Owner’s manual
Batteries


Some other mini options to consider.

If the idea of smaller workout machines appeals to you, there are some other options to consider.

Stamina Inmotion Strider With Body Cords

Stamina Inmotion Strider With Body Cords

Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer with Body Cords

Available in black or chrome.
Elliptical trainer for cardiovascular and lower body workout with electronic fitness monitor
Adjustable tension controls intensity level of the workout
Large non-slip pedals can be worked in a forward or reverse direction to change lower-body workout
Handle for stability; steel frame construction
One-year frame warranty; 90-day parts warranty

Last price seen: $89.99​


Stamina Inmotion EllipticalStrider With Handle

Stamina Inmotion EllipticalStrider With Handle

Stamina InMotion Elliptical Trainer with Handle

And if you absolutely have to have one with a handle...
Adjustable tension to control workout intensity level.
Foot pedals may be worked in forward or reverse direction to target lower body.
Handle aids balance.
Electronic fitness monitor displays number of strides per minute, total number of strides, exercise time and calories burned.
Steel construction, non-slip pedals.
Available in black or chrome.
Last price seen was: $90


Stamina InMotion Compact Strider

Stamina InMotion Compact Strider

Stamina InMotion Compact Strider

​May be used while seated or standing.
Adjustable tension to control workout intensity level.
The foot pedals can be worked in a forward or reverse direction to change lower body workout.
Electronic fitness monitor displays number of strides per minute, total number of strides, exercise time, and calories burned.
Sturdy steel construction, non-slip pedals
Box includes Includes compact elliptical unit, convertible pedals
Requires one button-cell battery (not included).
Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs
Last price seen was $99.


Stamina InMotion Compact Strider With Body Cords

Stamina InMotion Compact Strider With Body Cords

Stamina InMotion Compact Strider with Upper Body Cords

​May be used while seated or standing.
Adjustable tension to control workout intensity level.
The foot pedals can be worked in a forward or reverse direction to change lower body workout.
Electronic fitness monitor displays number of strides per minute, total number of strides, exercise time, and calories burned.
Medium resistance tubes with padded, adjustable handles.
Sturdy steel construction, non-slip pedals
Arm resistance bands provide an additional upper body workout
Box includes Includes compact elliptical unit, resistance bands, convertible pedals, and workout DVD
Requires one button-cell battery (not included).
Maximum weight limit is 250 lbs


Desk Cycle

Desk Cycle

DeskCycle Desk Exercise Bike Pedal Exerciser

​Lowest pedal height available - 10 inches; can work with desks as low as 27 Inches.
Eight calibrated resistance settings, from very easy to tough.
Magnetic resistance provides smooth, quiet pedal motion for minimal sound impact indoors.
Five-unction display shows speed, time, distance calories and scan.
Last price seen was $142


Sunney Health and Fitness Twister Stepper

Sunney Health and Fitness Twister Stepper

Sunny Health & Fitness Twister Stepper

Compact and versatile home fitness device - a portable elliptical machine with built-in resistance training
Twist action helps tone thighs and buttocks, and achieve a good cardiovascular workout without putting stress on joints.
Resistance is adjustable, and exercise bands work arms, chest, back, and shoulders for total body workout
Heavy-duty steel construction; large, slip-resistant foot plates.
Onboard computer with LCD display shows total count, time, calories burned, and rep count
Last price seen was $53.