The Flex Mini® vs. California Fitness Stepper

California Fitness Stepper is a fitness or in home exercise device designed to work the lower body, improve cardiovascular endurance, and boost metabolism and flexibility. According to product promotions, California Fitness Stepper will focus the work particularly on hips, thighs, buttocks, and calves. As the name suggests, California Fitness Stepper is designed after the ever popular stepper machine and patterned after the quite common step workouts. Some consumers elect to actually take to physical sets of stairs. But many have found steppers and step workouts to be useful for fitness pursuits.

California Fitness Stepper is a small device, measuring 17x13x17 and weighing 19 pounds. The device rests on the floor. It features large, non slip foot pedals, which the user mounts in order to begin the stepping motion. There is no handlebar apparatus. The user simply balances on the pedals and performs the stepping motion against the pedals. California Fitness Stepper features a digital display for monitoring progress as well. We are not sure if the device features adjustable resistance for users who progress beyond a beginnerís level of fitness. Product descriptions are somewhat limited.

 The Flex MIniCalifornia Fitness Stepper
How much does it cost?The Flex Mini costs $199.99.$59.99 plus free shipping and handling.
Does it require assembly?No, the Flex mini does not require assembly. It comes ready to go.Not specified. This is unknown.
Are there any 3rd party clinical trials to back up the claims?YES there was a very comprehensive clinical study conducted. The results showed that 100% of users said it worked in some way. 92% said it was easy to fit into their daily return. 90% were more toned and firmed.NO. We found no published 3rd Party Clinical Studies for California Fitness Stepper.
Is it FDA cleared? Please note that most products are not required to be FDA Cleared. This is a status that makes the Flex Mini unique.Yes Ė the Flex Mini is the first and currently the only of its kind to be cleared by the FDA for Toning, Tightening and Lifting the Butt and Backs of the Thighs.NO. California Fitness Stepper is not FDA cleared, but this product does not need to be.
Do you need exercise while using it?NO. You put the FLEX MINI on, turn it on, and it does all the work for you using electronic muscle stimulation to perfectly contract and work all the muscles in your butt and backs of the thighs.YES. California Fitness Stepper is a fitness machine.
Do you need to focus on your form?No you donít need to even think about form. The FLEX MINI keeps track of the intensity and duration of the concentrated muscle contractions for you.Yes. You must move in a prescribed way to get results with the California Fitness Stepper.
When can you use it?You can get a concentrated rear end workout while you are doing your make-up, at work, watching TV, surfing the net, folding laundry, cooking, talking on the phone, helping the kids with their homework...virtually anywhere and anytime.When you can dedicate time to it.
Can you tone other parts of the body?YES, you can add accessories to your order that are specifically designed and fitted to be worn on other parts of the body. There is one for the stomach and another for the arms. These accessories are individually FDA Cleared for toning, strengthening, and firming their specific body parts. Click here to learn more about the Flex Range of products.NO. Itís for the lower body only.
Is it portable? How big is it?YES, is it very portable. It is about the size of a pair of shorts. It comes with a free travel pouch and weighs less than one poundYES. We listed dimensions above: 17x13x7.
Is it discreet?YES, the Mini is very fitted to the buttocks and back of the thighs and not bulky in any way. The remote is very small and tucks away in a small pouch on the side. You can wear it discretely under clothing and while doing virtually anything.NO. You will not go unnoticed while exercising with this device.
Does it require hard work or motivation?NO, you do not need to exercise or break a sweat during a toning session. You donít need to find time for the gym and it requires no energy to give your entire rear end a very concentrated workout.YES. Without the determination to use the California Fitness Stepper consistently you will not see results.
Does it require batteries?No. It comes with a rechargeable power supply unit.NO. The California Fitness Stepper is a manual workout device that requires no power.
What is the "Satisfaction Guarantee" period?For a full 60-Days any order can be returned for a full refund.Not specified.
What is the "Product Warranty" period?If there is any problem with your Flex Mini it can be exchanged for a new unit for a full Two Years from your original purchase date.Not specified
Do they ship internationally?YES. The FLEX Mini is currently shipped to over 100 countries. Check our order page for a list of all the countries we ship to.Not specified.
Do they have toll free ordering and customer service?YES: (800) 222-7154. Our friendly customer service staff is available to help you between 9am Ė 6pm MST.Not specified.
Is there bonus material with your order?YES! Your Flex Mini Order Comes with a full 1-Year subscription presented by our sponsors to either Fitness or Elle magazines (A Retail Value of $50!).NO.
What is the delivery time for domestic orders?1 week or less.Not specified.