Benefits of Climbing
by Jay Blahnik
I have worked in the fitness industry as a coach, trainer and instructor for over 25 years. During that time, I have recommended a variety of pieces of training equipment to my clients and athletes. Of course, there are many great products for getting fitter, getting healthier and improving your functional movement ability. However, there is only one product made by one company that has topped my list for all of those 25 years in the business – the Stairmaster.
The Stairmaster StepMill and Stairmaster Stepper are legendary products that keep getting better over time. The latest product designs – from the look, to the feel to the amazing, new touch screen display – are easily the best in the company’s history, and these features truly make stairclimbing more interesting, more measureable and more motivating! I love mine, and so do my clients.
Whether I am using it for high-intensity interval training, short calorie-blasting workouts or to help my clients move better, or train for an important goal. It is my “go-to” product time and time again because it just works. The product works, the activity works and it motivates my clients to work!
Beyond the incredible new design of the Stairmaster products, Stairclimbing has a number of important benefits:
- Less Stress
Stairclimbing burns more calories at slower speeds and lower impact rates than almost any other activity on the planet. Each gentle step burns more calories than walking. In fact, stairclimbing at only 1 mph burns as many calories as running on a flat treadmill at 6 mph! Slower speeds, minimal impact and high calorie burn – what more could you ask for in a cardio activity?
- More Efficient
Because you must lift your body weight with each step, stairclimbing is highly metabolic and burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time, when compared to other equipment. You can turn 45 minutes into 30 minutes, 30 minutes into 20 minutes and 20 minutes into 10 minutes! Quicker workouts means less time for you and your clients to reach your goals, and more time to get other things done!
- Highly Functional
Stairclimbing is a natural movement – it improves your functional mobility, strengthens your core and makes everyday tasks easier to do. Take longer hikes, climb taller monuments on vacation, last longer on dog walks with your family. Stairclimbing is celebrated by athletes, trainers and physical therapists because it can not only improve your body, but it can also improve your life!
As a fitness professional who trains a variety of people from sedentary to ultra-fit, and as someone who personally enjoys a variety of activity and sports, there are not many cardio fitness products that stand the test of time and the interest of my clients and athletes. Stairmaster products do because they are simple, effective, functional and fun. And this new product line has never been more motivating and addictive.
Stairclimbing will always be around, and Stairmaster will always deliver it best!
Jay Blahnik was an IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year, Can Fit Pro Fitness Presenter of the year, and chosen as one of the fitness industry’s “Icons and Innovators”. He is a Nike Athlete, a member of Gatorade’s G Series Fit Team, a BOSU® Development Team Member and the Program Developer for Schwinn® Indoor Cycling. He is a fitness expert for MSNBC.com and the LA Times, and his articles are read by millions of people each year. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book “Full-Body Flexibility,” and been a featured keynote speaker at many of the fitness industry’s largest events. He has consulted for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Apple, Starbuck’s and GE, and is an Advisor for Equinox Fitness Clubs.