Imagine tackling a 40-floor walk-up in New York City in 30 minutes every day for your workout. Well, you can. This sweat-inducing, make-your-legs-scream exercise is called the StairMaster, stair climber, stair stepper, stair whatever-err. It has several names, but they all do the same thing—let you walk upstairs for as long as you want to. Within minutes, you will be drenched in sweat and building up those leg muscles. We love this piece of cardio equipment and think that you will too. Here are 7 of the stair climbers benefits that you can enjoy.
If you need to swap out your high-impact running workout for a low-impact alternative, the stair climber is an excellent choice. Though there is more impact on the joints than with an exercise like swimming, it is still a safe choice to add to your routine. If you are prone to injury, ask your doctor if stepping your way to fitness is right for you!
2 | Natural Movement Exercise
A natural movement is any movement that you do—well—naturally. A natural movement mimics movement you make every day like squatting (sitting), running, walking, deadlifts, and the like. The stair climber offers fantastic functional movement and will help you to build stronger muscles in the area where we tend to lose them reasonably quickly. If you want to be able to walk up and down the stairs well into your golden years, adding stair exercises into your fitness routine will be incredibly helpful. Building up natural movement makes this one of our favourite stair climbing workout benefits.
3 | Calorie Burn
If you have been jetting past the stair climber to get to the elliptical or treadmill, you may be passing up on some calorie-torching minutes. The stair climber uses some of your body’s largest muscle groups which will help you to burn more calories as you rest. As long as your form is correct, and your effort is at its best, you could be burning 200 calories in 30 minutes (depending on your body composition).
4 | Cardio Health
Your cardiovascular health is essential to keep your heart healthy. Sadly heart disease being the leading cause of death in the United States, it is increasingly important to implement cardiovascular fitness into your routine. The American Heart Association recommends 150 minutes a week of cardiovascular workout. Adding the stair climber to your routine is a fun way to mix up those minutes and set yourself on track to be heart healthy.
5 | Muscle Building
You won’t just be torching calories during this low-impact cardio workout, but you will also be torching them after. The stair climber helps to develop muscles in your glutes, calves, hamstrings, quads, and core. So, you will be reaping the benefits long after your workout is through. Since muscle is an “active tissue,” it is consistently renewing itself which requires energy from your body. Since the stair climber targets the largest muscles in your body, your body will be using more energy to build those muscles, giving you a higher calorie burn overall.
6 | A Stronger Core
Since the steps are coming at you automatically on the stair climber, you will need to be moving and grooving in order to not fall off the machine. By using your muscles to stay balanced and upright, you will be building strength in your abs and back. Building a strong core allows for better posture, balance, and stability helping you to decrease your chance of injury.
If these stair climber machine benefits sound great to you—step on up to the stair climber the next time you are at the gym! We have stair climbers at all of our locations. Stop in, say hi, and try something new!
7 | Diverse Workouts
The stair climber looks like an endless climb to nowhere, but it lends itself well to diverse workouts. Once you are comfortable with the normal step-by-step workout and are crushing it with proper form, your stair stepper workout can be as unique as you are. You can do squats, lunges, skip-a-steps, crossovers, and much more to keep your training interesting. Switch things up by checking out YouTube tutorials or asking someone for help! As always, perfect your form before you move on to more advanced exercises. We want to make sure that you stay injury-free so that you can enjoy your cardio routine well into the future.