Among all of the different pieces of workout equipment, I came across the Maxi climber and decided to report my findings to you.
The marketers and advertisers alike promote the Maxi Climber as ergonomically designed for all body types, featuring adjustable height and isometric non-stick grips. They promote the personal workout timer which stops and starts in unison with the user and they also highlight that the compact folding design allows for easy and convenient storage.
The Maxi Climber uses the individual’s own bodyweight as the focal point of resistance to the various muscle groups. This vertical climbing machine is capable of mimicking the climb up a very steep mountain or even a very tall wall, thus facilitating an enhanced aerobic capacity and a guaranteed tone from head to toe and an intense and complete workout.
How to use Maxi Climber
- To climb efficiently, keep your hips back and focus on your glutes as it will help you cut down the risk of knee pain and injuries.
- While using Maxi Climber it’s recommended that you don’t bounce from side to side. Instead you can keep your hips stationary by engaging your legs and core. It’s the similar action to riding out of the saddle when cycling. It keeps your movement efficient, and your abs gets a good workout too.
- When you push up your right arm, you need to pull down with the left so that they assist each other
- . When using Maxi Climber you can go through a full range of motion. While it might be tempting to go a few inches up and down, if you go bigger, your arms and legs will get a better workout and you will burn more calories too.
Reviews – Pros
- . It is fully adjustable for any height (the height of the upper handles can be raised or lowered); although there is no resistance setting – but for this type of machine you don’t really need one.
- Provides an excellent workout. For a more strenuous workout lengthen your steps (all the way to the bottom vice halfway down) while using it… a good sweat machine and fat burner. It will help you lose overall water weight and fat indirectly affecting your abdominal area.
- The grips, foot pads, and frame are all impressive
- Easy storage. It folds up neatly to be stored in a closet or unobtrusively against the wall or even under the bed… Takes up very little space. It stands upright and with a pull of one pin folds up.
- Easy to assemble. The average user took 20 minutes or less. A total of 5 bolts that came preassembled in the machine, plus two stationary and two movable handles. All that needed to be done was to loosen the bolts, insert the appropriate item, and then tighten the bolt using the provided hex wrench
- help those with Posterior Pelvic Tilt
- Very sturdy on tiled surfaces and handles large body mass.
- . It comes with a digital tracker that shows calorie count
- quiet so you can use it while watching TV
- a good overall workout for a beginner to the average toned person
- Lightweight and easily manoeuvred but still sturdy
Reviews – Cons
- It doesn’t provide very good instructions (booklet or DVD) regarding proper form, ways to use, etc.
- Foot pedals somewhat small and a stiffer shoe might be better to manoeuvre. – The foot petals are studded like the bottom of cleats so you can’t use it barefooted. Use shoes or quality slippers with rubber bottom. Alternatively, a larger foot pad or a replacement foot pad needed
- Machine works best on either a very low nap commercial grade carpet with no pad or a hard floor such as wood flooring. It is not 100% stable on carpet. It needs a solid floor.
- Would like to be able to view the counter while working out. The only downgrade is the lack of visibility of the stair counter during exercise
- Need a resistance feature as smaller weight individual do not have enough weight based resistance, thus compromising on the intensity of the workout. This compromise on muscle tone and definition desired.
- Not a total body workout. It’s a light-weight workout meant for beginners to the average tone person.
- Does not train abdominals. They claimed it does but the “Maxi climber would need pedal or tension straps to achieve this effect
- Does not train lower back, or hamstrings. This can lead to Anterior Pelvic Tilt causing back instability.
Does not train Iliopsoas (Hip Flexors)
- Clock/Timer is inoperative. Some users perceive this as worthless
- Hand grip rails just don’t extend high enough to be completely effective. A few more inches needed on arm assemblies
Summary & Recommendations
The maxi climber is best remembered as compact space, lightweight but heavy duty, calorie burning machine. In terms of quality, this piece seems a bit over-priced and may critics agree that it is worth half the asking price. This machine is adequate for the individual who needs a good workout but who has limited space for high tech, and expensive exercise equipment. It does prove to boast a 15 minute average assembly time, although some claim to take at least 30 minutes. As core muscles and abdominals are not adequately trained, the Maxi Climb best stands as an addition to a regular gym regime rather than standing as a full body workout. In this price range even a stationary bike with tension control and pedal straps provide full workout for abdominals, oblique, hip flexors, glutes, hamstrings, calves and quads as well as attending to core strength.
If in the future if they add in tension control and pedal straps this would benefit the user with core training of the abdominals and Hip Flexors. Although Maxi Climber emphasizes the quads and glutes, the individual also needs strengthening of the hamstrings, hip flexors, lower back and core abs and deep abdominals.
Maxi Climber definitely brings the mountain climber effect home in the form of a full body workout by burning the calories, strengthening the muscles and increasing endurance as with a mountain climbing experience. It imitates the body’s natural movements engaged in rock climbing and works out the same muscles.
In conclusion, although the Maxi Climber definitely encompasses some limitations, it also provides some benefits which immediately lure in any health enthusiast or healthy option person:
- Boost your energy.Working out improves your muscle strength and endurance exponentially.
- Improves your libido. Regularly exercising can make your sex life better due to increased energy levels.
- Improves your sleeping habits. Regular exercise increases the quality of sleep and regularises sleep patterns
- Manages your weight.
- Promotes a better mood. Exercise stimulates a sense of well being.