Stairclimbers and other types of stepping equipment add variety to your members' exercise routines.
Like other cardio machines, stairclimbers offer custom-designed programs, and workout feedback and tracking, including counting calories, heart rate monitoring and steps logged. In addition, users can vary their stepping routine by adding challenging “hills” to their session or increasing the resistance levels of the workout.
Some machines have been adapted to exercise both the upper and lower body, creating a more intense workout in a shorter amount of time. For time-starved clients, these machines can be quite popular for this very reason.
The following machines include some of the latest industry offerings, as well as the popular, “classic” models.
Offering a smooth and reliable cable-driven system, the Cybex 800 S stepper also features a patented breaking system. This system provides the widest speed range for all levels of stepping, states the company. Heart rate controlled, steady state and interval programs can be used with the optional CardioTouch and Polar heart rate system. Welded heavy-duty steel frames reportedly provide rock-solid stability with epoxy powder-coated finish for extra protection. The 800 S stepper is available in either white or gray.
Cybex International Inc., 10 Trotter Drive,
Medway, MA 02053; (508) 533-4300;
fax: (508) 533-5500; www.ecybex.com
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Jacob's Ladder is a patented climbing machine with ladder-type rungs on a non-motorized continuous treadmill. An alternative to traditional climbers, treadmills and other aerobic devices, Jacob's Ladder provides a high-intensity cardiovascular workout in a relatively short amount of time. It places little stress on the back and eliminates the pounding that occurs in many forms of exercise.
Jacob's Ladder, 6662 Boston State Road,
Hamburg, NY 14075; (800) 716-6786;
(716) 646-1319; www.jacobsladderexercise.com
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Life Fitness's fully featured stairclimbers use a belt drive system that reportedly eliminates the “play” found on chain-drive stepper machines. Users can select between the climbing or pace mode stepping action. In the climbing mode, pedal resistance increases as hills get higher; in the pace mode, the pedal pace increases as the hills get steeper. Workouts include the interactive heart rate zone training, cardio and fat burn, as well as hill, random, manual and fit test. Heart rate is monitored by the patented Lifepulse digital heart rate monitoring system or Polar telemetry. Lifespring shock absorbers minimize jarring to the joints.
Life Fitness, 10601 W. Belmont Ave., Franklin
Park, IL 60131; (800) 634-8637;
(847) 288-3300; fax: (847) 288-3703;
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NuStep TRS 4000, the original seated stepper, delivers an effective, low-impact, total-body workout by simultaneously conditioning the cardiovascular and muscular systems. Features of the NuStep TRS 4000 include a comfortable swivel seat; a smooth, belt-driven eddy current system; and an easy-to-read display showing heart rate, METS, watts, total steps and calories.
NuStep Inc., 5111 Venture Drive,
Ann Arbor, MI 48108; (800) 322-2209;
fax: (734) 769-8180; www.nustep.com
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Precor's C764 climber features a maintenance-free belt drive system that provides exceptionally smooth, quiet motion, states the company. Additional features include an easy-to-follow electronic console with “quick start” option, 10 preprogrammed courses, padded handrails, and large footplates that accommodate multiple foot positions.
Precor, 2001 N. Creek Parkway,
Bothell, WA 98011; (800) 477-3267;
(425) 486-9292; fax: (425) 486-3856;
The TC1000 climber from SciFit features ultra-wide V-belt drive and friction-free electromagnetic brake for smooth and quiet action. Ergonomically designed handlebars provide multi-hand positions to accommodate beginners as well as advanced athletes. The TC1000 also features oversized, rubberized footplates for maximum comfort and traction.
SciFit, 5616A S. 122nd E. Ave.,
Tulsa, OK 74146; (918) 254-7395, ext. 20;
(800) 852-6869, ext. 20; fax: (918) 254-4189;
[email protected]; www.scifit.com
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A cost-effective machine for club owners, SportsArt's 7005 stepper offers virtually every feature found on top-of-the-line models, states the company. A wide base, welded steel frame and full handrails provide stability while the dot matrix display provides preset and custom programs, heart rate control and feedback of all pertinent workout data. SportsArt's 7100 stepper features a patented, self-generating power supply, belt drive and self-leveling independent steps, which contribute to a smooth, enjoyable workout, the company states. In addition, the 7100 offers an extensive set of user-friendly programming, heart rate monitoring and custom options. Vertical and horizontal handrails accommodate all users.
SportsArt America, 15500 Woodinville-Redmond
Road, Bldg. C, Suite 100, Woodinville, WA
98072; (800) 709-1400; (425) 481-9479;
fax: (425) 488-8155; www.sportsartfitness.com
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The FreeClimber 4600 PT/CL has all of StairMaster's classic features plus side rails and smaller “easy-grip” handles; contact heart rate; constant heart rate training; “Hot Dog” soft pedals; a larger reading rack with cassette/water bottle holder; and a glare-reducing, pivoting console with one-touch entertainment system access.
StairMaster Health & Fitness Products Inc.,
12421 Willows Road N.E., Suite 100,
Kirkland, WA 93034; (800) 635-2936; fax: (425)
821-3794; [email protected];
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The SC4100 by Star Trac is the only stairclimber on the market, according to the company, that weighs the user and reports true caloric expenditures based on their actual workload. In addition, the SC4100 offers 30 different intensity levels; user-friendly, no-key start-up with four programs offering 250 different workouts; and continuous motivational feedback. Its dynamic heart rate control automatically adjusts the intensity level based on the user's heart rate to keep her in her target zone.
Star Trac, 14410 Myford Road,
Irvine, CA 92606; (800) 228-6635;
(714) 669-1660; fax: (714) 508-3303;
[email protected]; www.startrac.com
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