Have you seen that machine in the gym that mimics climbing? It’s been around for years! If you haven’t tried it yet, you’ll want to if your goal is to increase intensity of your workouts.
The piece of equipment is the Versa Climber, and many people are calling it one of the hardest- but most effective -machines to train with in the gym. In shot, the Versa Climber is a vertical climbing machine-except with no actual climbing takes place. It’s effective because it’s been shown to burn lots of calories in a short amount of time. And while your increasing your heart rate and cardio, you are also working your upper and lower body. This intense machine also helps burn fat.
Some tips for getting the most out of the VersaClimber:
Foot placement-The VersaClimber has straps, so you can choose how much control you want in the workout. If you strap the band around your shoe tightly, it will stay in place. If you keep it looser, you’ll be able to adjust your foot placement during the workout.
If you place your foot center-this allows for equal distribution and targets the glutes, hamstrings, quads, hip flexors and calves. If ball of foot in center mostly targets quads. Heel in the center targets the hamstrings.
Workouts- Try the 30, 20,10
This workout involves stride length-go for 30 seconds with a neutral stride length, 20 seconds with an exaggerated stride, then 10 seconds with a short stride (that is basically an all out sprint) After finishing, repeat again right away, starting with the 30 second neutral stride. You can also carry dumbbells that are heavy and do a farmer’s walk for 45 seconds in between flights (climb 100 flights-farmer’s walk-back to climber) try 3-5 rounds of this for ultimate cardio.