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Best Stair Climbers

Originally created in 1983, the stair climber is one of the oldest pieces of cardio equipment on the market. Using a stair climber - also known as a stair stepper - can be a great way to add a low-impact, calorie-burning workout to your fitness routine. On average, you can expect to burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60-minute session, depending on your weight, your overall fitness level, and the intensity level you set for your workout.

There are several kinds of stair climbers on the market. First, you may have seen the machine known as a ďstairmillĒ at your local health club. It gives the impression of walking on an escalator, as the workout is delivered by a rotating staircase rather than pedals that you push up and down, and the intensity is changed by the speed of the stairsí rotation. However, most stair climbers for home use do use those pedals; the intensity of the workout changes as you increase or decrease the resistance of the pedals themselves.

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Stair Climbers

5 stars
Bowflex

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Although you may think of home gym strength equipment when you think of Bowflex, their three stair climbers are a great choice for your workout, especially if youíre on a budget. Bowflex also offers one of the most generous return policies on the market: 6 weeks from the date of purchase, with no restocking fees.
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4.5 stars
NordicTrack

NORDICTRACK

NordicTrack is a popular brand of fitness equipment for home gyms, probably made most famous by their infomercials. With three models of stair climbers to choose from, all of which feature the ability to change the pattern of motion to be more like stairs or like an elliptical machine, at least two dozen resistance levels, and iFit compatibility, NordicTrack earns high marks.
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3.5 stars
Precor

PRECOR

Precor enjoys a great reputation for quality fitness equipment, especially for commercial use in health clubs and other fitness facilities. They offer 4 models of stair climbers, all with adjustable stride lengths; the highest-end model allows users to change the stride height as well. Unfortunately, the extremely high price and lack of a return policy may put Precorís stair climbers out of reach for the average customer. Read More... Visit
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3 stars
Life Fitness

LIFE FITNESS

LifeFitness is a top brand in the fitness equipment market. With only one model of stair climber - on the high end of the price spectrum - and a restocking fee of up to $500, LifeFitness may be out of range for many customers looking to add a stair machine to their home gym.
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Also, you may find equipment that combines the motion of a stair climber with the stride patterns of an elliptical machine. These types of stair steppers tend to provide a more full-body workout, if youíre looking to combine upper- and lower-body toning while getting your cardio exercise.

As you use a stair climber, itís important to remember a few tips in order to exercise safely and get the best possible workout. If your fitness level allows, you should try not to use the handrails as you step. This will help you burn more calories and improve your balance. Next, make sure that you are using your whole foot on the step/push, not just the balls of your feet - otherwise, itíll mostly be your calves that get a workout. And, as with any exercise session, be sure that your shoes are firmly tied! Getting your laces tangled up in the machine is definitely a recipe for injuries!

When deciding which brand and style of stair climber to purchase, there are several factors to keep in mind:

  • Cost. What is the price range for the stair climbers offered by this retailer? Are the prices competitive with other stores?
  • Resistance Levels. Does the machine offer a wide range of resistance levels, to allow you to push yourself as your fitness improves?
  • Range of Motion. Do you prefer a traditional up-and-down stepping motion, or would you rather have a machine that allows for different foot patterns (up-and-down step as well as front-to-back elliptical)?
  • Return Policy. If your stair climber doesnít measure up to your expectations, will the store allow you to return it for a refund? If so, will there be a restocking fee?
  • Warranty. If the motor fails or parts break, what will the retailer cover and for what length of time?

TopConsumerReviews has reviewed and ranked the best stair climbers available today. We hope these reviews help you choose the best stair climber for your home gym or office!

New Stepmills at REC Center

The broken stair climbers are gone and students and faculty members with the desire to climb now have updated machines to workout on. On Monday, the TCU Recreation Center (REC) received five new TechnoGym climbers after students and faculty members ...

Published:  Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:00:00 GMT



NorthPointe stair climbers scale heights of Hancock

ROSCOE - Judy Thomas, 51, didn't know she was going to climb 94 flights of stairs on Feb. 26. However, she's glad she took the challenge. Filling in for someone who was unable to do the Hustle Up the Hancock, Thomas said it was an experience she hopes ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT



For pro stair climbers, sky's the limit

NEW YORK (CNN)Is there a better metaphor for athletic achievement than tower running? It's a vertical sprint of power and endurance to greater and greater heights. And you always come out on top. Yet, as sports go, stair climbing is relatively new and has ...

Published:  Fri, 22 Apr 2016 02:52:27 GMT



Bowflex Max Trainer M5 Review: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Find out. An independent University study showed Bowflex Max Trainers burnt more calories than any other cardio equipment including the treadmills, stair climbers or ellipticals working at the same intensity and speed. The users burnt 300 more calories on ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Apr 2017 03:49:00 GMT



Which Stair Climber Machines Work Best?

The best stair climbers are commercial grade machines that you see in health clubs and gyms, and generally cost thousands of dollars. The stair climber that works best for you might be a fold-up model that fits in a tight space and costs as little as $100 ...

Published:  Tue, 22 Feb 2011 16:00:00 GMT



World Trade Center Stair Climbers Faced Steep Challenge

Stair climbers ascended 71 flights at 4 World Trade Center Thursday evening in the name of cancer research, taking part in the largest public event the building has hosted since it opened in November. Nearly 700 people took part in the Damon Runyon ...

Published:  Thu, 03 Apr 2014 20:22:00 GMT



Stair climbers race up Willis Tower for annual SkyRise Chicago

Thousands of participants are climbing the stairs of Willis Tower for the annual SkyRise Chicago Sunday. More than 3,000 people are taking part in the eighth annual SkyRise Chicago. They will climb the 103 floors of Willis Tower to benefit the ...

Published:  Sun, 06 Nov 2016 07:43:07 GMT



Stony Brook Family Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner; Raises Funds for Lung Cancer

Fight for Air climbs attract both elite athletes and novice stair climbers. Participants can choose to race, run, or walk up the stairs. All proceeds from the Fight For Air Climb will directly fund lung disease research, advocacy and education; including ...

Published:  Wed, 12 Apr 2017 10:51:00 GMT



VITAL SIGNS: MUSCLE GROUPS; Stair Climbers and Leaning: Tilt Penalty

Like tilting a pinball machine, leaning on the rails of a stair climber comes with a penalty -- even if it is just for a short rest. Dr. J. W. Yates, co-author of a recent study presented at a sports medicine conference this summer, showed that the common ...

Published:  Mon, 09 Nov 1998 16:00:00 GMT



Stair climbers honor 9/11 heroes

SAN DIEGO - On Sunday, San Diego firefighters sacrificed comfort to climb stairs in remembrance of the fallen heroes and victims of September 11, 2011. More than a thousand people gathered downtown at the Hilton Bayfront Sunday morning. Participants ...

Published:  Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:47:00 GMT



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