Maxi Climber Review – Read This Before Buying
updated June 6, 2018
When it comes to cardio training, your choice of equipment is endless. There are steppers, cross trainers, rowing machines and countless other devices all vying for your attention. Yet, there is one machine that has been receiving a lot of positive attention due to its ability to dramatically improve your cardio fitness AND your strength and muscle tone.
It’s called the MaxiClimber.
In this article we take a close up look at the MaxiClimber to discover if it’s a wise fitness investment for you. We’ll also compare it with couple of alternative model vertical climbers.
What is the MaxiClimber?
The MaxiClimber is a vertical training device that simulates the actions taken by rock climbers. In doing so, it engages all of the muscles used in climbing, giving you a complete workout from head to toe.
This unique exercise machine accommodates all levels of fitness and age groups because it allows you to either walk, jog, run or sprint vertically with various stride lengths and speeds.
Climbing vertically against a resistance burns more calories and fat than any other type of exercise.
To begin using the MaxiClimber place your hands in the stationary side handles. Always step on the lowest pedal fist. Step up onto the other pedal and bring the feet to an even level position. Now set the handle bars at shoulder level. This is the starting point. You are now in complete control of your step speed, height and length.
What Comes with Your Purchase?
When you purchase the MaxiClimber you get the following:
- The MaxiClimber Training System
- Digital Counter
- User Manual
- Maxi Diet and exercise plan
What’s So Good About the MaxiClimber?
The stride length adjustment of the MaxiClimber allows you to target specific muscle groups. If you want to hammer the glutes shorten your stride length. To really go for the quads and calves lengthen the stride out. The same concept applies to the upper body. To put more emphasis on the lats and deltoids, lengthen the arm stride so that every stride simulates a single arm pull up.
The MaxiClimber is an amazingly functional machine. It works both your upper and lower body at the same time. The MaxiClimber movement is very natural one that engages your core, boosts your heart rate and allows you to get the most from the time and energy that you invest. Because you are moving in a vertical motion, your heart is having to work that little bit harder to supply the blood to your arms.
- Joint Friendly
Not only does the MaxiClimber provide you with a great cardiovascular workout, it does so without any pounding on your joints. You are actually suspended in space so your feet don’t come into contact with the ground at all. That’s good news for your ankles and knees.
- Calorie Burn
The MaxiClimber burns a whole lot of calories. Research reveals that a 20-minute session on it can burn 206% more calories than the same length of time on a treadmill. In fact, the VersaClimber is like having three cardio machines in one. You can use it as a stair stepper where the total focus is on the legs, as an upper body ladder climber or as a multifunction total body trainer.
It is an ideal rehabilitative machine. The natural fluidity of the action, coupled with it’s non impact nature, means that there’s nothing better for people coming back from injury or illness.
It is solidly designed and uses high spec steel framing. It is lightweight and easy to put together. The machine actually arrives partially pre-assembled so you can easily put it together by yourself in a matter of minutes. The MaxiClimber is also very compact, making it an ideal option for people who have limited space available to house their home fitness equipment. No additional equipment is needed to construct the MaxiClimber.
- Ergonomic Design
It has been ergonomically designed to allow you to train with the best anatomical body alignment. The isometric non-stick grips have been ideally angled for the best upper body positioning.
- Foldable Design
It has a foldable design that means that it can easily be stored away in a cupboard or under a bed when not in use. The MaxiClimber weighs just 33 pounds, without the packaging.
- Cost Effective
It provides you with an awesome workout at a very impressive price point. In fact, it is less than half the price of many competing home cardio trainers.
- Adjustable Height Settings
It provides you with 5 adjustable height settings. This allows you to customise the machine to fit your precise requirements.
- Very Quiet Operation
When compared to other home cardio options such as a treadmill or an elliptical machine, is is incredibly quiet to operate. That means that you can work out right alongside someone who is watching TV.
Your purchase of the MaxiClimber comes with a 12-month warranty.
- Need Shoes: When you train on the MaxiClimber you need to be wearing shoes. That’s because the pedals feature studded indentations which will feel very uncomfortable in bare feet.
- Head Clearance: Although it is a very compact unit with a conservative foot print, you will need a minimum of eight feet of head clearance. That may be difficult for people in small apartments or who have their gym in the basement.
- Limited User Weight: The maximum user weight is 240 pounds. That means that larger bodybuilders will not be able to use it to strip off body fat.
- Timer Function: It does provide you with a built-in timer. However, you can only check the timer before or after your workout.
- May Wobble: If you use it properly, the it is very stable and rigid. However, if you use bad form or posture on the machine, it is likely to wobble slightly.
- No Added Resistance Levels: With the MaxiClimber, there is no provision for adding resistance levels to your workout. That means that, once you attain to a certain fitness level, you are unable to further increase the intensity of the workout. It will still provide you with a great workout, but you won’t be able to keep getting incrementally fitter.
Is the MaxiClimber Safe?
Yes. it uses your body weight in a non-impact motion that puts no stress on your joints. This makes it far safer than most other home cardio options.
I’m not into intense exercise - will the MaxiClimber be too much for me?
No. The MaxiClimber is suited for all fitness and ability levels. The level of exertion is dependent upon how hard you choose to work on the machine, so you are always in control.
Where should the MaxiClimber be positioned?
Put it on a flat, stable surface. Do not use it on a rug or piece of carpet that may move around while the machine is in action.
How should I position myself on the MaxiClimber?
Be sure to always maintain an upright position when using the MaxiClimber. Never lean back on the machine as this may cause it to wobble.
With the huge popularity of the MaxiCimber, it’s not surprising that there have been a number of similar products enter the market over the last couple of years. Let’s take a look at two of them.
The VersaClimber follows very similar design to the MaxiClimber. It is also designed to simulate the action of a mountain climber in order to work the whole body. However, unlike the MaxiClimber, it comes with swivel foot pads, three adjustable stability settings and a pair of velcro leg straps.
The frame is made from aircraft aluminum, compared to cold rolled steel for the MaxiClimber.
The added features of the VersaClimber, along with the more expensive construction material, make it significantly more expensive than the MaxiClimber. In terms of home use functionality and value for money, we believe that the MaxiClimber is a better investment.
The Sunny Folding Climber Stepper is a vertical stepper that comes with two adjustable cylinders, allowing you to adjust your training resistance level. However the resulting movement is not as natural as what you get on the MaxiClimber. This results in what is sometimes a staggered, jerky motion.
On the positive side, the Sunny Folding Climber Stepper provides you with a better display unit than that on the MaxiClimber. It gives you with an ongoing readout of your calories, general scan, count and stopwatch with timer. Overall, however, we prefer the MaxiClimber due to its more natural mountain climbing action and smooth, seamless range of motion.
Your Body Deserves the MaxiClimber
You’ve only got one life and you’ve only got so much time. When you’re ready to give your physique the type of serious, results producing training that it deserves, it’s time to step it up to the MaxiClimber. Your body will never look back.