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Stairmaster - waste of time or does it have benefits?


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I know quite a few people who swear by the stairmaster, but some of the trainers at my gym think it's a waste of time.

I was wondering who's right. What, if any, are the benefits from working out on a stairmaster, and is it worth a shot?

Whenever I go to the gym, I tend to focus on the treadmill because I'm trying to get my running groove back. But doing one type of thing all the time can get boring, so I'd like to change it up once in a while. Should I bother with the stairmaster?

 

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Stairmasters are brutally awesome IMO. I used to do 90 minutes on those torture devices...and loved every minute of it! LOL!

I find sessions on the stairmaster a fun alternative to running and it also seems to be much easier on my bad knee.  Still burn a ton of calories and it is easier for me to watch something while I workout than when I run.

 

 

i do the stair stepper,not sure if theres a difference

but i love it,it gets my HR waaaaaaaay up there and im noticing its tightening my outter thighs

I like running but I love the stairmaster. What I have found over time is that people who cannot keep up on the stairmaster usually come up with some lame excuse as to why its not really that efficient (trainers included). I could run just about every day (for miles and miles) but nothing compares to the way I feel after 10 minutes on the stairmaster (and as someone earlier mentioned its much better on the knees). 

One of the benefits of using a Stairmaster is that you don't have to hire a trainer to do it.  This could be why the trainers at the gym don't like it or any of the other cardio machines.

Thanks for the responses, guys... I'm going to try it. Can't hurt to try, can it?

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I thought it made my thighs bulkier than running.  Maybe I was just heavier when I used it.
Couldn't hurt to try though, it works up a good sweat.

Original Post by sfredbull:

I thought it made my thighs bulkier than running.  Maybe I was just heavier when I used it.
Couldn't hurt to try though, it works up a good sweat.

 My backside was never perkier than when I was a regular on the stairmaster. I did find I had to "target" this area by concentrating on it and not slouching, otherwise I did definitely felt more effort through the quads - which may lead to bulkier thighs I suppose.

Oh- and don't lean on the side bars. Is cheating.

Original Post by tigerlily120:

Thanks for the responses, guys... I'm going to try it. Can't hurt to try, can it?

Absolutely not! Go for it....and BURN IT UP!!! Cool

I love the stairmaster!! It is such a great workout! I'm very fit myself, but the stairmaster never fails to challenge me. There will always be people who have something bad to say about a particular machine/workout/exercise/training style, and there will always be people who have something good to say about those same things. Same with diet (low-carb, high-protein-and-fat vs. high-carb, low-protein-and-fat... blahblahblah... the experts can never agree). Go with what works for you! Try it, and see if you get good results. I know I have!

I never got more compliments on my legs than when I used the stair stepper every day for 30-45 minutes.  They looked fabulous!

And I second the comments about not leaning on the side bars - that really diminishes the benefits of the exercise. 

I think I just talked myself into going back to it!

I totally agree, the stairmaster is a great way to easily get your HR up and it does wonders with toning the butt and theighs!! 

It is really hard when you start out though. When I started out I could only do 10 minutes at a time at the lowest setting. But after doing it for a few weeks you will notice (as with anything) it gets easier and it's fun to see how long and how fast you can do it. 

 

I totally agree with NO leaning on the side bars!! However if you're clumsy like me you may want to lightly touch the side bars with your fingers so you don't fall when you're going fast

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