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Workout Benefits of the Stairmaster

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author image Deborah Dunham
Deborah Dunham is a freelance writer with 10 years of experience writing for the health and fitness industry. Her expertise and writing focuses on running, marathons, training, nutrition and healthy living. She is an ACE-certified personal trainer and certified RRCA running coach.
Workout Benefits of the Stairmaster
Using a Stairmaster is the equivalent of running upstairs. Photo Credit Kane Skennar/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Overview

Athletes have been climbing stairs for years as a way to improve fitness and strength. StairMasters, a brand of stair climbers, simulate this activity with moving stairs on a stationary machine. StairMasters can be customized to different fitness levels, from beginner to advanced, by controlling the speed and resistance settings. In addition to being easy to use, StairMasters have numerous health benefits, including cardiovascular and lower body conditioning.

Aerobic Conditioning

When used regularly for at least 20 minutes, three to five times a week, a StairMaster can benefit your cardiovascular system, while increasing endurance and stamina. It works the heart and raises the heart rate by challenging the legs to continually climb a moving set of stairs. As your fitness increases, you can continue to challenge yourself by increasing the speed and resistance settings on the machine.

Burns Calories

Because a StairMaster elevates heart rate, it can be an effective method of burning calories and weight loss. A 30-minute session can burn 200 to 250 calories on average, depending on the individual's weight.

Non-Impact

A StairMaster is non-impact, meaning there is not significant stress on the joints when using it. People with knee or back issues who cannot run on a treadmill often find a StairMaster more comfortable.

Builds Strength

Because of the climbing motion, StairMasters strengthen the major muscle groups in the lower body. Quadriceps (front thigh), hamstrings (back thigh), calves and gluteus maximus (buttocks) are all used.

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