We are sure you have walked up a few flights of stairs and felt the effects in terms of breathlessness and aching legs. The stair master machine mimics these elements perfectly to deliver a potent, all-encompassing workout package.
If you have never used the stair master before you may feel as though it’s the stairway to hell – it’s challenging to say the least and it will push you to extremes.
The stair master is one of the best pieces of cardio equipment to obliterate body fat and enhance your cardio vascular fitness.
What exactly is HIIT training?
HIIT stands for high intensity interval training.
It’s a method of cardio training that mixes high intensity intervals with slower intensity intervals. The aim is to elevate your heart rate and bring it back down again in the series of timed intervals.
HIIT training is usually performed only in 15-20 minute bursts due to how demanding it is on your body.
For example you would perform 1-minute steady climbing on the stair master and then 1-minute as fast as you can until you have clocked a total of 20 minutes.
The oxygen debt…
After you have completed your HIIT, your body doesn’t stop burning calories. In fact, it continues to burn for up to 24 hours afterwards.
Your body has to restore your oxygen levels to normal and abolish any excess lactic acid build-up (due to using the anaerobic energy system) still lurking about in your muscles.
It also needs to get your body temperature back to normal.
All of these metabolic processes require calories!
Because the stair master works you harder, your body has to, in essence, play catch up to return itself back to normal meaning you burn more calories.
You wont find a piece of cardio equipment that works you harder than the stair master.
The stair master will give you a pretty intense HIIT workout. Don’t be fooled by the shorter time though. No matter what your fitness level is you can adapt the below example if you need to by either increasing the time or intensity.
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The above workout is designed so you perform the high and low intervals in 60-second time slots.
There is no right or wrong way of performing HIIT as long as you perform a combination of low and high intensity intervals – you’re doing it right!
Of course you can do longer intervals if you want to. The main point of the training is to raise your heart rate and then bring it back down again to achieve the benefits of this type of training.
So, what benefits can you reap from putting yourself through some grueling stair master interval training?
Climb your way to a slimmer, healthier and toned physique!
High intensity interval training on the stair master can provide you with many benefits to your body and mind.
Here are a few which might persuade you to choose the stair master the next time you venture to the gym:
Healthier cardio vascular system –
Within a few seconds of getting on the stair master your heart rate will elevate and remain so for the duration of your workout.
Muscle tone –
The action of the stair master provides an excellent resistance workout for your legs.
It activates the glutes, hamstrings, quads and calves because you are ultimately lifting your body weight with each step. Build muscle, create lean definition and incinerate body fat? What could be better?
– The stair master demands precision and balance from you.
Because you have to make a conscious effort to keep going and keep well balanced, your core muscles are all subsequently activated. This is perfect for shaping and toning your mid section.
Better, more positive mood
– Cardiovascular activity stimulates the release of endorphins in your brain, the ‘feel good’ hormones.
After some regular sessions on the stair master you should start to feel more motivated, positive and generally happier in yourself.
The mental health benefits of cardio also include helping to alleviate the effects of anxiety and depression.
Beat your cardio boredom with a high intensity interval session on the stair master. It will make you and break you whilst forcing a sweat like no other piece of cardio equipment!
If you are looking for results in the fastest way possible, very few exercises trump stairs and fewer cardio pieces trump a Stairmaster.
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