Everyone is in search of the perfect exercise machine that will deliver a true “full body” workout. In today’s busy world with so many appointments, commitments, and responsibilities, it’s difficult to fit in the old style of workout that requires many types of machines.
Despite the promises of many exercise machine manufacturers, most of these machines do not workout the entire body. Typically, machines will focus on one or two core areas, and while there may be some movement or exercising of other body areas, they don’t get the same benefits that the focal area of the body does.
One type of exercise machine may actually come fairly close to providing a full body workout is a climber exercise machine. This type of machine is designed to be similar to climbing a ladder, requiring the active engagement of all your muscle groups: your arms, back, shoulders, butt, and quads.
You may have seen this type of machine on the tv show “The Biggest Loser,” where contestants worked out by “climbing” on a large machine that had rungs running on a belt at approximately a 45 degree angle. It only takes a minute of watching such an intense exercise session to see how you could get incredible results from a climbing machine.
When you work out on a climbing machine, you’ll burn far more fat and calories than on a typical machine designed primarily for exercising your lower body, such as ellipticals, steppers, treadmills, and spin bikes.
However, there are many different styles and brands of climbers out there. It’s not necessary to purchase an enormous commercial grade piece of equipment in order to take advantage of the benefits of climbing. There are many household styles of climbing machines, which are reasonably priced and will fit easily into the average home.
Some of these machines are more upright, as a ladder would be, rather than at a 45 degree angle. This allows a smaller footprint in your home, and offers an easier exercise position. Climbers offer a full body workout in far less time, as you work against gravity by climbing in a smooth, rhythmic motion. Some machines will allow you to choose to hold the “rungs” or to simply use the included hand rails, giving you more of a stair stepper style of workout.
With these machines, you are mere inches from the floor, making it completely safe if you should lose your footing. These machines often come with heart rate monitors, multiple operation modes, and modules that can display distance, time, and calorie burn rate.
They can also be adjusted to almost anyone’s height, and you can often adjust the step height from a step of 1″ to a step of up to 20″. This, along with its zero-impact movements, makes a climber easy to use for people of all fitness levels and ages. As you progress in your fitness and flexibility, you can increase the step height as you go.
All these features and benefits make a climber exercise machine an ideal total body workout system that would be a favorite in anyone’s exercise regimen.