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Lower Body Power Development with a Stair Climber

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The stair climber is precisely made to give your lower body a workout. Burning calories is not the only benefit of any workout using the stair climber; it will also ensure that both your backside as well as your legs get a really intense workout. The simplest definition of a stair climber is that it simulates the exercise you get from walking up and down a staircase, but you remain stationary. The stair climber also includes a display right in front of you that is essential in monitoring your progress. The monitor shows your calories burned, your heart rate, the length of the workout and the number of steps actually climbed.

Here's a closer look at how to develop power in your lower body using a stair climber.

Step 1. Get on the Stair Climber

Get on the stair climber to begin developing your lower body power in this workout. Place both of your hands on the arms of the stair climber; you will have to do this to maintain balance. You must take caution against leaning on the arms with your elbows (or simply leaning forward and grasping the arms excessively), because you won't getting all the health benefits this exercise can deliver. Watch your posture while on the stair climber, and make sure that you stand tall and have a straight back. Standing tall encourages greater circulation during the exercise, while it also promotes stronger stomach and back muscles. Allow your legs to do all of the work.

Step 2. Begin Interval Training

As you start out from the original position of standing tall with a straight back and your hands holding the climber's arms, set the machine to very low resistance to begin. Start by climbing at an even and slow pace for a duration of two to five minutes. The low resistance at this stage should be just so that you feel like you're doing something on the machine, as opposed to really working up a sweat. For the following set of two to five minutes, you want to increase the stair climber's resistance as high as you can endure without becoming overexerted. After these two to five minutes are up, set the resistance back down. For the remainder of the workout, continue this pattern, which is called interval training.

Step 3. Shift to a Heart Rate Workout

Another kind of exercise is the heart rate workout, which involves using the machine's heart rate sensors. Input your age, height and weight into the machine; it will produce a target heart rate. You must then set the machine's intensity and speed in such a way that you can meet your target heart rate. The main point with this type of stair climber exercise is to hit your target heart rate right in the middle section of the workout.

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