Just like climbing a flight or two of stairs is very different from riding your bike around the block, the StairMaster is equally different from a stationary bike. StairMaster is popular brand of motorized stair-climbers in which the steps move similar to those of an escalator. You step onto the StairMaster from a standing position and you remain upright throughout. The continuous movement of the steps requires you to keep stepping upward. Conversely, a stationary bike requires you to sit and pedal.
Health Benefits of Both
Both the StairMaster and the stationary bike provide excellent aerobic workouts because they engage the major muscle groups of the hips, thighs and gluteals. Likewise, you can easily perform intervals on either machine by increasing your stepping or pedaling speed for a period of time, then slowing back down. Both types of machines will effectively strengthen and tone the muscles of your lower body.
Pedaling versus Stepping
The stationary bike comes in a variety of types, ranging from the traditional upright to the recumbent versions. They all support your body weight and are pedaled. Conversely, the StairMaster is always used in a standing position, requiring stepping. You can chose between two varieties of motorized climbers, a stepper or a split-track treadmill.