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A step platform is a deceptively simple tool that can be used to work a variety of muscle groups, and owning one means you don’t have to leave your home to get a good workout. Their common applications include aerobics and Pilates, but the best step platforms offer a variety of ways to exercise and train.

Key considerations when choosing Adjustable Exercise Step Platform

When choosing a step platform, think about the types of exercises you intend to use it for. If you're unsure, a basic model that includes a few risers might be a good choice. If you have something more specific in mind, such as weight lifting or abdominal exercises, look for a tool designed specifically for the job. Read More

Brand Pros Cons Where to Purchase

The Step

The Step


  • 43"(L) X 16"(W) X 4"(H)
  • Good quality, manufactured since 1989
  • Textured, non-slip top is comfortable for bodyweight and bench exercises
  • Load capacity of 500 pounds
  • Platform adjusts from 4” to 6” to 8"
  • Additional risers available
  • Four nonskid feet on the platform
  • Four nonskid feet on each riser

  • Many knockoff brands
  • Other sellers often pricier than the manufacturer



  • 30.6"(L) X 11.4"(W) X 3.5"(H)
  • Very good entry-level choice
  • Textured, non-slip surface
  • Platform adjusts from 4” to 6” to 8"
  • Load capacity of 550 pounds

  • Plastic surface, less comfortable for bodyweight and bench exercises
  • Risers can fall off when moving
  • Risers are bulky with only two non-skid feet per
  • Narrow width platform
  • Additional risers not available

Reebok Original Aerobic Step

Reebok Original Aerobic Step

  • 40 (L) x 15.2 (W) x 9.8 (H) in.
  • Made by a leading manufacturer in the fitness industry
  • Textured, non-slip surface uses bubbles for added grip strength and comfort
  • Platform adjusts from 6” to 8" to 10”

  • Load capacity only 242 pounds
  • Height not easily adjustable
  • Additional risers not available

Key considerations when choosing Adjustable Exercise Step Platform

Slip Resistant Surface

Because the most important thing to consider when exercise is your safety, and one of the major considerations for an aerobic step is to have a slip resistance surface in which to securely place your feet upon.  Rest assured all three of the products we tested have very good resistance to slipping.

Slip Resistant Base 

While most every new aerobic step has some type of non-skid device on the bottom of the platform and risers, it is important to double-check, especially if purchasing this item used.

Height Adjustability

Just like taking the stairs at the office, there’s an effect on the body when you take one step, and then there’s an entirely different effect when you take more than one step at a time.  Just like the stairs, the higher you have to step up, the more intense your workout becomes.  While there are some aerobics steps with a ‘fixed height’, most others include risers (additional steps or blocks) so that you can raise and lower the platform to meet your specific needs. Risers typically adjust the height of the platform in two-inch increments.


One thing to consider when looking for an aerobic step is the size of the platform.  For example, if you live in a dorm, then you might not have room to store a 44” platform.  Conversely, if you intend to do high-intensity cardio workouts and perhaps incorporate weights into your fitness routine, then a smaller, 16” platform might not be ideal either because it is primarily used for one-foot stepping. 

Weight Capacity

Since most aerobic steps have weight capacity ratings over 350 pounds, before purchasing, be sure that the aerobic step you are considering has an established weight capacity above your own weight.  Additionally, you should also consider future activities such as employing weights into your cardio routine and chose an aerobic step that is well beyond your own weight. 


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