Are you sitting all day at work? Too tired to exercise when you get home? This is a big dilemma for so many of us that have a desk job. Maybe you’ve tried using one of those steppers that you can put under your desk. It’s sounded like a great idea until you actually tried it and ended up with bruises on your knees from hitting them under your desk as you peddle. Ouch! Well, there is a solution—Brenda DyGraf’s Mini-Strider X!
What is a Mini-Strider X?
If you’ve been looking for an easy way to get in some exercise during your day without going to a gym, this is your answer. The Mini-Strider X is the latest and greatest way to exercise and relieve stress, all from the comfort of your home. Designed by TV celebrity and personal trainer, Brenda DyGraf, it is a “mini” version of her full-sized, and ever-popular Strider, the main difference being you sit while using this one.
But don’t be fooled; just because you’re sitting doesn’t mean you don’t get a full and efficient workout. There are two pedals, like a stepper, but instead of moving up and down, they swing back and forth. As a result, you won’t hit your knees if you place it under your desk, and it provides a fluid motion that is easy on your joints and burns calories.
Features and Benefits
The Mini-Strider X is full of some great features that can get you on the road to a healthier you. Let’s see what is has to offer:
It’s A Compact Stress Reliever
The greatest thing about Brenda DeGraf’s Mini-Strider X is that it fits under any desk or table. As a result, you can stride and glide whenever you want to, whether it’s at work while you’re typing away or at home while you’re watching TV. The smooth motion lets you relieve pent up stress, while also helping you to burn extra calories. Just put on Brenda’s DVD, which features 15-minute, stress-relieving workouts, to feel invigorated and refreshed.
Besides the gliding motion, there is a skating movement you can use, which is fun and helps tone the muscles in your calves and thighs. Also, the skating motion assists your legs and hips in regards to improved flexibility. Finally, the patented “ball and joint” movement provides a 360-degree range of motion, giving you flexibility in your routine.
Brenda’s DVD has five short, energy-boosting workout plans to get you fit while you sit. Each short session puts you through different ways to use your Mini-Strider X, and after watching a few times, you’ll know the routine by heart. Furthermore, it comes with a rubber mat to keep it from slipping on smoother surfaces and give you added stability.
The Mini-Strider X is a well-rounded machine that does more than alleviate stress or help you lose weight. For instance, sitting for eight to ten hours during the day can slow down your circulation and even cause you to have numbness or tingling in your feet, especially if you have diabetes. With this machine, you can minimize these issues, as regular usage increases circulation.
In addition, the Mini-Strider X can help with several health problems, such as varicose veins, edema, numbness, restless leg syndrome, or even a wound that has been slow to heal. The motion promotes better blood flow, lessening many of these problems. Finally, the elderly, or those with limited mobility, can get their daily exercise using this machine without having to leave home.
Quiet While in Motion
This machine is so quiet that you won’t hear a thing as you glide, and neither will anyone else. You can use it while your spouse sleeps, or on the phone with clients, and no-one will be the wiser.
Storage & Size
When you want to put the Mini-Strider X away, all you have to do is fold it up and store it in your closet. When folded the dimensions are just 10.5” long by 18.75” wide by 26.5” high. The dimensions when set up are 18.5” long by 18.75” wide by 22.75” high.
How It’s Made
Made of high-quality steel, the Strider X features tough plastic pedals, covered with textured pads on the footrests for gripping your shoes. It is manufactured by Stamina Products, Inc. and their warranty is 90 days on parts and one year on the frame. It comes with the Owner’s Manual that can be downloaded from their website. There is some assembly required.
The pricing is one of this machine’s best features. Many retailers sell it, with the price ranging from $49.95 to $99. Some retailers offer free shipping, which could save a bit since it weighs 14 pounds. Compared to other slider models it is much less expensive. Also, steppers can be high priced, even with mini stepper discounts running as high as $200.
Pros & Cons
Now that you know what Brenda DeGraf’s Mini-Strider X can do for you, let’s see what its pros and cons are:
- It is good for when you get home from work and need to unwind. A short workout helps the stress of the day dissipate.
- It is affordable, costing less than other similar products.
- It gives you options in terms of movement since you can move your legs in circles and to the sides, all without hitting your knees.
- Lightweight and easy to move around, the Mini-Slider X is easy to store in a corner or under a bed.
- The instructions are not well written so it took a while to put together.
- Some had a hard time when assembling as the pedals are hard to snap on.
There is a compact strider that is similar to the Mini-Strider X, with a few extra features, called the Stamina InMotion Compact Strider with Cords. The Stamina has adjustable tension and can be used while sitting or standing. Also, the pedals have forward and reverse, along with pull tubes for and upper body workout. However, it is bulkier than the Mini-Strider X, the motion is a bit stiffer, and it costs $80 more, making the Brenda’s Strider the better option.
Q & As
Q: Can you adjust the tension?
A: No, but it comes with a video that shows different angles for difference muscles.
Q: Does it come assembled?
A: No, but you can request it to be assembled on Amazon for an extra $30.
Q: How do you fold it up to store if you’re not using it?
A: The manual show how but here are the steps:
- Remove locking pin from the front support
- Fold the front support into the main frame
- Lock with the locking pin
- Detach the pedal caps from the swing arms at the front and fold
Q: Can you use it while standing?
A: No. It is to be used while SITTING ONLY because it is not built to stand on. For safety reasons, do not attempt to stand on it even while hanging on to something.
Each of the five workouts on the DVD is seven minutes long, with one for simple striding called the Energy Boost Stress Relief, which gives you lots of stretching of the upper body as you stride. Then one for upper body, one for the lower body, one for the abs, and one that is fun and works the core called Fun Groove Strider. All of them will strengthen your back, hips, abs, core, and legs with no impact to any joints.
Summary of Reviews
The Mini-Strider X is 5-star rated by most reviewers because it is easy to work out while working at a desk or table without bumping your knees. Using it while sitting on the couch or easy chair at home is also a great way to get fit. Good for relieving stress, as well as losing weight, it is a compact and reliable machine. One that will have you stronger, more energized, and feeling great each and every day!