If you think there is only one way to work out with your MaxiClimber exercise machine, think again. The MaxiClimber is designed to maximize fat burning and muscle toning during high-intensity interval training or HIIT workouts. Here are a few exercise ideas for incorporating a home workout machine like the MaxiClimber vertical climber into your exercise routine.
Mix Up Your Warm-UpBefore starting a HIIT workout, it’s best to warm up for about 15 minutes. This warm-up should be a combination of warming up your muscles and warming up your heart. To loosen your muscles, start at your legs and work your way up your body. The actual stretch pattern is largely up to you, but here is a good guide for getting started:
- Leg Lunges. Deeply lunge forward with your right leg, placing both hands on the ground on either side of your right foot. This is commonly referred to as a sprinter’s stance. Keep your back straight and extend your left leg behind you.
- Torso Twist and Arm Reach. Maintaining your sprinter’s stance, twist at your hips to the right. Reach your right arm upward, extending toward the sky. Look up at your hand, feeling the stretch through your neck.
- Elbow Press and Inside Stretch. Slowly rotate your torso back toward the floor. Press your right elbow down toward the inside of your right foot. Slowly rotate your right knee outward while continuing to hold your left leg in a stable but relaxed extension.
- Repeat with the Left Leg.
Bursts of Cardio and WeightsInstead of doing your traditional cardio portion of your interval on a rowing machine or a treadmill, mix it up with your vertical climber. Here’s a sample of what that workout might look like.
- Cardio Interval. At an easy pace, climb on your MaxiClimber for one minute. Pick up your pace to moderate for one minute. Finish the interval with a one minute sprint.
Strength Interval. This total strength interval will last 5 minutes. The following movements can be completed with your preferred weight of dumbbell.
- Curl and Press. With a weight in each hand and arms at your side, stand with your feet close together. Gently bend at the elbow and curl the weights toward your chest with the palms of both your hands facing the ceiling. Slowly rotate your palms to face forward as you press the weight over your head. Complete the movement in reverse to return your arms to your side. Repeat for one minute.
- Squats. Hold a weight in each hand in front of your chest by bending your elbows. Move your feet just a bit further than shoulder-width apart. Lower into a squat, rise, and repeat for one minute.
- Moving Pike. This move sets your weights to the side. Lower yourself into a plank position. Jump your feet forward to move your body into pike position — forming your body into an upside-down V. Jump feet back. End with a single push-up. Repeat for one minute.
- T Rotation. Begin once again in plank position. This time, extends your arms with a weight in both hands. Rotate to the right so that your body is in a right-side plank. Extend the left arm while holding the weight upward to form the letter T with your body. Hold for the count of three before returning to the start and repeating with your left side. Alternate sides for one minute.
- Lateral Lunge. Rise from plank position to standing. Place your feet hip-width apart. Hold a weight in each hand and place your arms gently by your side. Shifting from your hips bend your left knee at a 90-degree angle. Simultaneously extend your right leg straight out from your side. Repeat for one minute.