Do you have what it takes to push yourself for 20 min on the Stair Climber?
A stair climber is a great piece of equipment for anyone looking for an effective low-impact cardiovascular workout with the added benefits of a lower-body resistance workout. This machine is best for someone looking for a challenge and who is able to climb stairs pain-free and upright. This machine provides an effective glute-strengthening workout since it targets all the muscles that make up your butt and hips: the gluteus maximus, the gluteus medius, and the gluteus minimus. You hit all three of these muscles with a classic upward stepping motion.
Challenge: How many flights of stairs can you get to in 20 min.
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Here is a combination of different step variations to really target your butt and leg muscles from all angles…
- Double Steps: Skip a stair each step and alternate legs. “This will help focus on your glutes and hamstrings. Be sure to push up through your heel as you stand.”
- Leg Lifts: Place your palms on the side rails for balance and kick back your right leg and hold at the top for one second. Then step up one step and alternate legs, kicking back and stepping up now with the left. Slow down if you need to keep proper form. “Be sure to keep your leg straight and do not arch your back.” And don’t worry about how high your back leg kicks up.
- Single Steps: Climb each step as if you were walking up a flight of stairs. Try to keep your hands by your side for more of a challenge. “Your quads should begin to burn near the end.”
- Crossover Steps: Moving laterally, cross one leg over the other as you step up to the next stair.