Friday, April 2, 2010
Let's Take the Stairs!
Looking for a new cardio machine or just want to mix up your existing routine?
I'd recommend this one.
This guy has been around for ages. I remember it at a gym I belonged to about 9 years ago. Don't think I ever used it, but I do remember seeing it there.
Fast forward about 8 years and I had my first run in.
This machine kicks serious ass! (pardon the language)
You can't cheat yourself on this one because if you do, you'll likely fall off, creating quite a scene at the gym. You also need to be focused on what you're doing because if you step too far in your toes get squished. I speak from experience.
I can do about 20 minutes. Within the first five i'm sweating and out of breath and doubtful about whether or not I can finish my 20. But I do. My heart rate is way up, my breathing is labored and boy am I sweating. This to me my friends, is the mark of a tough workout.
While looking for an image to use I came across a few blogs who talked about this equipment. Some called it the stairway to hell, others the escalator to hell. You get the idea.
But aside from the negative "press" it's a great workout and I encourage you to give it a try. Obviously start slow and then build up. I usually start around level 7 (out of 20) and then raise it as I go, or not.
Let me know your thoughts on this one.