Lately, we have been upgrading our gym equipment. After listening to our community, we decided to bring in more traditional gym machines. That way, our clubs can keep their functional fitness core while being more inclusive to all gym goers. Among our new equipment, you’ll find the hip thrust machines, the leg press, the multipower smith machines, the back benches, the curl leg extension machines and the stair climber machine.
You’ve almost certainly noticed it, but you probably avoided it for one reason: the stair climber machine isn’t exactly the most alluring cardio equipment in a gym. After all, it looks just like regular stairs. Don’t let appearances fool you, though; the stair climber has plenty of health and fitness benefits to reap in your next workouts. Here are 7 of them.
Benefits of the stair climber machine
1 – Lower body and booty power
Do you know that wobbly sensation after a great leg day session? A stair climber can give you that and plenty more. You’ll work your glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves using just one machine. It’s no coincidence this machine is a favourite among gym goers that want to tone their butt.
2 – Easy to learn
We’re sure you climbed a set of stairs before. So, that’s it — you’re fully ready to use this machine. Stair climbing is like riding a bike: once you learn it, you’ll never forget it. Keep up with the movement of the stairs, and don’t forget to maintain your chest up, your shoulders back, and your back straight.
3 – Great cardio workout
Not sure if the stair climber will provide a good cardio workout? Hop in and start climbing: we promise that you’ll feel your pulse rising and your breathing increase after just a few minutes on it. This machine improves your overall fitness but also your heart health. A recent study shows that a stair climber can help you drop your cholesterol and improve your VO2 max (a measurement that shows how efficiently your body uses oxygen).
4 – Easy on the joints
A good cardio workout doesn’t have to take a toll on your joints. The stair climber machine can provide you with a low-impact cardio alternative, especially if you work out at a moderate pace and use the side handles to distribute weight.
5 – Burns calories
Everyone burns calories differently — it depends on your age, weight and metabolic rate. Nonetheless, stair climbers have proven to be great calorie torchers. A study from Harvard Health Publishing showed that this machine helps you burn 180 to 250 calories in just half an hour. How great is that?
6 – Improves balance
You climb stairs in your daily life, so you know that you need to briefly balance on one leg to do so. That alone will help you improve your coordination. Plus, climbing stairs demand you use your core muscles, an essential body part for good balance.
7 – You can get creative
At a first glance, climbing stairs may seem simple and a bit boring. However, once you’re comfortable, the stair climber machine gives you plenty of chances to get creative. You can climb by doing squats, sumo steps or even raising your legs alternatively. It all depends on your goals and on how you prefer to train.