What is the Stairclimber?
If you follow me on Instagram and watch my Instastories, then you may have noticed that I frequently work out on the stairclimber. I typically do 30 minutes on the stairclimber 3-4 times a week. The stairclimber looks like a flight of stairs that rotates like a treadmill. Don-t worry: you can adjust the speed depending on your skill level and I’ve found that the workout is not as tough on my knees as actually climbing a real stairway.
I’ve worked out with three different personal trainers since I started going to the gym in 2014 when I got engaged. All three of my previous trainers have recommended that I do the stairclimber. Why? the stairclimber is extremely effective cardio because it gets your heart rate up quickly and it tones and strengthens the legs, especially the thighs, a major problem area for me.
Is cardio necessary?
I’ve always been consistent with my workouts with my trainer at the gym. (For those wondering, my weight skyrocketed after I got pregnant and completely quit going to the gym for 9 months). I have never been consistent with the cardio that my trainers recommended outside the gym. I see a ton of people on Instagram/pinterest who claim they do no cardio. Here’s the thing…. they are already at or close to their ideal weight… if you have a lot of extra fat to lose… like I do/did, you’re doing to have to incorporate cardio into your workout to get the body you want.
I very much agree that a muscular strong body burns more calories than a non-muscular body. Further, I absolutely agree that a strong fit body is much more attractive that a skinny body. That being said…. if you have a lot of weight to lose, you’re going to see better results when you incorporate some cardio into your routine. How do I know that? I’ve done it both ways: I’ve tried to lose weight by diet and weight lifting alone – I got stronger, I got leaner, I lost weight….. but the process was slow.
Since I started incorporating the stairclimber into my routine, I’ve seen a bigger improvement in my legs and weight than anything, including when I added running into my workout routine. Bottom line – I’ve seen major results with the stairclimber and I should have listened to my trainers all along.
My stairclimber routine
(UPDATE: 10/26/2017 – I wrote a post with my routines: What to Do on the Stairclimber – You’ll be Hot, Sweaty and Everything Except Bored with my Workouts!)
I try to do 30 minutes on the stairclimber 2-3 times a week . I switch my routine up by trying different different speeds and types of climbing. For example, I walk sideways and backwards for varying amounts of time or I do “kickbacks” and leg lifts on the stairclimber.
If you are looking for stariclimber routine ideas, watch my instastories or google “stairclimber routines” and look for youtube results. I like to watch instastories while on the stairclimber – time goes by SO fast and I rarely get bored. Its so satisfying to see sweat actually dripping off my body during this 30 minute routine.
When Will I See Results?
I saw results almost immediately… within 2 weeks, I noticed that my legs were leaner and my thighs were getting more toned. My scale didn’t disagree…. my body loved the extra cardio the it showed in my numbers. I saw these results after I had already incorporated running into my routine. My stairclimber results were more substantial and quicker than those I’ve gotten from running.
Bottom line? The stairclimber works. That’s why I use it. If you want lean, strong and toned legs, you should too.