The treadmill is a great way to get an intense cardio session in, but sometimes it requires a bit more gym time than you want to spend to really work those muscles. Let's maximize your gym time by mixing up your cardio routine with the StairMaster!
This glorious machine engages your calves, glutes, quads, and hamstrings to burn fat and build lean muscle mass. This machine requires you to perform a continues motion which also aids in toning the muscles and burning more fat. Not only that, this workout is far less stressful to the body's joints. The step-after-step motion is a hard workout, but it is not hard on your joints. Regardless of how slowly or how quickly the stairs are moving, you are still getting in a very beneficial workout. (Compared to the treadmill which is much more impact on your body and doesn't offer the same benefits at a slower pace.)
At first sights the machine can be a bit intimidating, but have no fear! We have some tips to ease you in.
To help you master this super move, here are some tips:
You're going to want to start off with a shorter time at first until you've become more comfortable with the machine. But once you feel secure with your movements, the longer you go at a consistent speed the more endurance you'll build.
The natural instinct will be to look down and watch each step go by, but instead, keep your head looking forward, your shoulders down (away from your ears) and your core tight.
It's easy to want to fold over and rest your upper body on the machine, but if you remain upright and activate your core you also train all those core muscles while training your lower body.