Stair mill climbing has been a workout option for a long time. For years, soccer players and other athletes jogged up and down the steps in their stadiums.
And one of the most inspiring moments in the classic movie “Rocky” was a shot of the boxing hero running up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art with plenty of energy to spare at the top.
But rather than rely only on the steps in your home or out in the elements for a good stair-climbing workout, you can get those same benefits from a StairMaster.
This fitness centre staple has been around since the 1980s, but the technology has improved steadily. Features such as a heart rate monitor and calorie-burning calculator have been added through the years.
In simple terms, a Stair mill is a stationary fitness machine that rotates steps, similar to a treadmill, allowing the user to climb upward at the speed and duration he or she sets. It can provide an above-average cardio workout, while also toning lower-body muscles, especially the:
Let’s look at a dozen health benefits of using a StairMaster and why it might be worth climbing aboard during your next workout.
Using a Stair Mill provides benefits from head to toe. If you’re normally a runner or walker, stair climbing can be a good chance of pace in your exercise regimen.
1. Aerobic conditioning
Stair climbing strengthens the heart and lungs — the keys to aerobic fitness. Stronger lungs allow you to breathe in more oxygen, and a healthier heart can pump oxygen-rich blood more efficiently to all your muscles and organs.
2. Calorie burning
The StairMaster is an efficient and effective tool in losing weight or managing your current weight. A half-hour workout on the StairMaster can burn anywhere from 180 to 260 calories — or more — depending on your body weight and intensity of the workout.
A faster “climb” will burn more calories than a slower session. A 180-pound person tends to burn more calories than a 125-pound person doing the same workout.
Most StairMaster machines come with calorie-burning calculators, which estimate the number of calories burned with each workout based on your current weight.