Regular exercise is one of the most important things we can do for our overall health and wellness. Evidence shows that exercise provides a host of physical and mental benefits that contribute to an improved sense of wellbeing and quality of life. Everyone, regardless of age, fitness level or functional ability, can benefit from regular exercise. From controlling our weight, to keeping us active and engaged as we age, to managing health conditions or disabilities, exercise transforms lives.

At NuStep, we’re determined to enable as many people as possible to experience the life transforming benefits of exercise. That’s why we designed our NuStep recumbent cross trainer to be inclusive – to help a wide range of users Take That Step towards a healthier, more active lifestyle including those who:

NuStep Machines for Weight Loss

Losing weight and keeping it off is a challenge for most people. Those who have orthopedic issues or health conditions aggravated by excess weight face additional challenges – especially when it comes to finding exercise equipment that can accommodate their needs.

NuStep recumbent cross trainers can help you overcome those challenges by providing a low impact, full-body workout that can lead to weight loss and increased strength. The T5XR and T5XRW provide most users up to 600 pounds with a safe and effective workout that can also help with orthopedic issues and arthritis.

Active Aging and Brain Health

Heart pumping cardio exercise – like the kind you can get on a NuStep trainer – is a proven prevention and management strategy for battling the three most common chronic health conditions of older adults: heart disease, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. What’s more, cardio exercise is good for the brain. Studies show that cardio exercise helps improve brain health and function. In addition to helping boost memory and executive function, exercise can have a positive affect on mental health. In recent years, evidence has emerged that cardio exercise plays a powerful role in lowering the risk of cognitive decline.

The NuStep provides a total-body cardio and strength workout that is good for the heart and the brain. Regular exercise on our cross trainer can also help build and retain muscle mass while increasing flexibility and range of motion. With its multiple resistance levels and user-controlled step length, the NuStep trainer can offer as demanding a workout as you desire, both now and as your health and fitness level improves.

Arthritis Care and Prevention

Many who live with the pain and stiffness of arthritis, avoid exercise for fear it will aggravate their condition. The fact is, not exercising can increase joint pain and stiffness. That’s why exercise is so vital for those who have arthritis. It helps strengthen the muscles around joints, build bone strength, increase range of motion, improve flexibility, control weight and more – all of which help reduce pain and stiffness.

For those with arthritis, traditional exercise equipment can be too difficult to use or it puts too much stress on joints.  The good news: each NuStep machine has received the Arthritis Foundation’s Ease-of-Use commendation for products proven to make life easier for people with arthritis.

The NuStep’s ergonomic design and features like a swivel seat, sturdy grab bar and StrideLock make it easy to get on and off. The movement of the NuStep machine simulates a walking motion without putting undue stress on the joints.

Limited Mobility and Balance Issues

For users with limited mobility or balance issues, accessing and exercising on many exercise machines can be impossible. The NuStep T5 series offers a low step-through design and 360-degree swivel seat that makes it easier for users to get on and off. The seated, recumbent position also provides a safe and effective workout. Upper and lower body movements are connected, so the arms help move the legs and vice versa. These features make a full-body workout possible even for people with little to no movement in their legs or arms through optional adaptive equipment such as the Leg Stabilizer, the WellGrip and the Foot Secure System.

Neurological Conditions

Studies continue to show the multitude of benefits exercise may have for those living with neurological conditions. If you experience the resulting pain and physical limitations, exercise on traditional fitness equipment may be difficult. The NuStep recumbent cross trainer can offer an inclusive and adaptive full-body workout for most users, including many wheelchair users.

NuStep cross trainer users may develop much-needed strength and independence that can help manage a variety of conditions.

Research and Findings

Low Impact Exercise For ACL Rehab

Publication: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Date Published: 2004

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Using Modified NuStep Exercise Test to Measure VO2peak in Post Stroke Individuals

Publication: Physical Therapy
Date Published: 2008

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Using Different Modes of Exercise to Assess Peak Oxygen

Publication: Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise
Date Published: 1997

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Inclusivity and Therapy in Mind

What separates NuStep’s inclusive recumbent cross trainers from other exercise equipment? They’re coveted by a wide variety of users: Those who are healthy and fit, overweight, living with mobility challenges, or rehabilitating after a joint replacement, surgery, cardiac event or stroke. Each NuStep simulates the motion of walking. Learn which NuStep machine is best for you.


WITH THE T4r, our entry-level product, users of virtually any ability level can get a full-body workout

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Our mid-level product’s low, step-through design makes getting on and off easier

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One of the most accessible, effective and adaptive cross trainers AVAILABLE TODAY

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If you’re at risk for heart disease or have experienced a cardiac event, the NuStep can help you get the exercise you need.



For users who require additional support to get the most effective and safest workout, we offer accessories for each of our NuStep machines.


From the blog: O’Neal Hampton Vblog – Episode 2



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  • Clydella Birkholz

    I used a NuStep in my in-patient rehab stay following my stroke in 2005. I really miss it’s extremely safe process for me to get some real exercise, without the fall risk of walking on a treadmill with my weak leg’s spasming ankle, and even more I miss the good stretch that it gave my contracting left arm. I am finally able to afford to get my own and will be ordering one for my home. I am very excited and can hardly wait, just have to wait until a room is prepared for it here, where my brother will also relocate my treadmill into, so that we will have a home fitness room for everyone in the house to utilize.

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  • Dale Munger

    Hit by a car in Nov 2017 two metal plates in leg, knee fracture ,shoulder fracture,six broken ribs two back fractures, in Jan started on Nu Step level 4 8min my athletic club as one, now once or twice a week I do 30min at level 10 1;000 steps back to work with only cane(for now) 60 years old with heart issues...thank you

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  • O'Neal Hampton

    Hi My NuStep Family and Friends.
    I would like to give an update on my recovery from my hip and joint replacement.
    Well it has been three weeks since I have been out of the hospital and the recovery is going well.
    The only problem I’m having with recovery is mentally I’m trying to rush. LOL
    But the doctors have forewarned me that this is not something I can rush or it could be worse. Like if I dislocate my hip at this point, I would have to have the surgery all over again and the recovery time is twice as long. So needless to say they didn’t have to tell me that twice. I still can’t drive for another couple of weeks, I can’t bend my knee or my right side more than 90° getting up or down for a couple more weeks, I can’t cross my legs and a few other things. The muscles has to get stronger and bond with new hip and joint.
    I’ll be back on my NuStep in a week. (Which is going to be the only equipment that I’ll be using for my rehab) Which makes total sense seeing that’s all I need. LOL
    Can’t Wait because to me that’s when my recovery starts. ��
    Thanks Everyone for the support I have been receiving. It means a lot. ��
    O’Neal Hampton Jr.

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  • Lynnie Lewter

    The T4r is the only machine at the physiotherapy clinic that does not cause my ankle pain. Really enjoying getting active again for the first time in months, since my ankle injury. Great piece of equipment!!!

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  • John McGowan

    I have used these in rehab for several years. Only machine I ever enjoyed. Wasted a lot on a cheaper one that I hated. I got my excise down pat and .now I will not drive 30 minutes to excise. Got a tablet and can get internet so hope I am set.

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  • Melissa Ollmann

    I first used the NuStep T4r in cardiac rehab after having my aortic valve replaced. After completing rehab, I missed using it so much I purchased one for my home. My sons are 12 & 9 - they also use the NuStep

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  • Linda Erickson

    We were introduced to the T4r while at our local YMCA. My husband is having a hard time with balance and walking safely. He has found that the NuStep trainer gives him the workout he likes without the worry of taking a fall (as has happened on the walking track). We will drive the distance several times a week just to make sure he can get the workout. Thanks NuStep!

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  • Gloria Smith

    I love our T4r. Ended up in ICU because most of my hormones had been depleted. Definitely was not fun! Ended up in Rehab where I basically had to learn to walk again. It was there I discovered NuStep. Using it I was walking within that same week. Now having one at home I use it several times a day. To me it is well worth the cost! Thank you for such a terrific unit that's easy on my knees!

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  • Diana Dlugos Kohne

    Provides an excellent workout, whether you're looking for an intense cardio session or just wanting low-impact exercise; best quality I've seen in exercise equipment!

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  • Benna Kisin-Schultz

    NuStep got me on my feet again after 4 spinal surgeries and a stroke. I do not think I would be walking today without the help...and now I will have one in my home to keep me going all year round!

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  • Nancy A. Conway

    I have had MS for about 20 years now, diagnosed first with RRMS and have progressed to the stage of SPMS. Physical therapy has always been a challenge for me, not so much in doing the therapy, but getting to the facility. Just getting to the PT facility was the PT itself. Also, as anyone with MS knows, one typically has a time during each day when your symptoms seem to be more manageable. For me that is the early evening. After years of struggling and ultimately giving up on getting to the facility (FT day job + family responsibilities), I decided to purchase the T5XR for in-home use. I love it. I can now do my exercise at a time that works for me (early evening). I have a long way to go, but I am up to 45 minutes at Level 4, about 2.25-2.50 miles. What a difference this machine has made in my life. Thank you so much.

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  • Laiad Thaicharoen

    Thanks for the port of the Will? I love

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  • Callie K Levina

    This NuStep recumbent cross trainer made a huge difference for me while I was in a high quality, skilled nursing rehab facility, which I needed as part of my recovery following a serious accident, from being hit by a car turning the corner that threw me off my path while attempts to get across the crosswalk. The accident resulted in my having multiple fractures in my leg, pelvis, and ribs. After a week of starting intensive physical therapy, I was introduced to the NuStep, used it diligently practically every day from then on, even while I was in a brace and not ready to put weight on my leg & knee, which went for the ride, but still this enabled me to get healing from the motion, after nearly two months of use, on top of all the therapeutic efforts, I was walking again. I've left the facility and now looking for a fitness place in my area that has the NuStp. It was a life-savor for me, and miss it already.

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  • Terry Salmonson

    I love warming up at Northern Michigan Sports Medicine on the NuStep.

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  • David Young

    I made the 2 mile mark today in 25 minutes on 4 strength. I got up to 218 steps per minute at times one year ago I started at 77 steps per minute.

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  • Cathy Abbott Atlija

    I have primary progressive multiple sclerosis and right arm and leg are very weak. Before being introduced to the NuStep at a rehab center, no other exercise equipment had worked for me. With the leg brace and the hand grip assist I was able to for the first time in years. I'm up to 60 minutes and 4700 steps on level 5.

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  • Aliguay Helen

    That's good equipment for exercise especially the person going medications exercise is good as long as you are active...because if you start sweating start burning the calories...

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  • Andrea Brown

    The best ever! Best workout without any pain but lots of resistance and completely all over benefits.

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  • Matthew Drake

    The best place I've ever worked and the best machine out there!

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  • Sandra Gookin

    First used this after my knee replacement therapy. Decided some time later that I needed to exercise at home so I picked a Nu Step T5XR. It sits by the TV which helps me going. Just finished my first mile in one sitting! Well worth the money!

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