I have a regular step that I used for training clients when I had my studio years ago…. I still keep it in my work space for choreography. It has lasted extremely well in spite of being quite old. A really well made piece of equipment.
I do not know the easy tone, but took a look online. I agree with the others that your choice should reflect your degree of experience, what other equipment you own, and what activities you wish to do with it. I also agree with Christine that if you are more of a beginner the regular step may be a better investment.
For me personally I prefer getting something simple, versatile, and well made (and with years of research on risks and benefits) rather than the latest cool gizmo.
I have also only used the regular step as well but after researching about the Easy Tone I would be interested in that as well. Like Christine mentioned, it may depend on your experience with using steps and doing step workouts.
There are certainly advantages of both; the regular step is pretty much bomb proof, especially in a home setting and there wouldn’t really be any durability issues. It also has an adjustable height to increase or decrease the difficulty of various exercises. The advantage of the Easy Tone step is in it’s versatility including more exercise variations and core involvement. Since I haven’t used it myself I am unsure of potential puncture issues, but I have used products made with similar materials (such as BOSU) and haven’t had any problems.
If I was choosing for myself I’d likely go with the regular step; mainly because I have plenty of other fitness tools and accessories to use for instability exercises; but for an all-in-one (assuming no durability issues) the Easy Tone might be a worthy piece of equipment.
Both are often available through Perform Better here: http://www.performbetter.com/?kbid=4524&img=pb_banner_300x250_9-28-2010…. – if you do a search for the Easy Tone Step there is an available video showing what else you can do besides the traditional step exercises, if that helps with your decision.
To begin with, are you a beginner exerciser or more advanced? Let me say that I personally have not used the Easytone step, but use the regualr Reebok step for many different exercises when teaching my classes (and absolutely love the durability and versatility of it). Both steps may give you a good workout, but here are my concerns with the easy tone step vs. the regular Reebok:
–If you are a beginner on the Easytone and working on core strength, your form may be compromised with the balance aspect. Larger muscle groups may take over the core muscles.
–You may be limited with strength on the Easytone vs. the regular step. The balance challenge may limit the amount of weight you can use if that’s an option for you. (An example would be you using dumbbells for lunges off the step).
— The puncture issue would concern me a bit
–If you will be using the step on a regular basis for a step workout, I would research any effects it may have on your ankles with long term use.
My preference would be for the regular step because it is “tried and true” but there may be others out there who have first-hand knowledge of the Easytone. Those are just my thoughts.
Good luck and enjoy your workouts!