DS-09 STAIR CLIMBER
When compared to other cardio exercises such as running, HIIT, or jump training, stair climbing is considered to be relatively low-impact. This means that it does not exert as much force on your ankles, knees, and hips, which can help them stay healthy over time. This also means it can be a great option for those who are older or recovering from injury
ADVANTAGES AND CLINICAL APPLICATION
LOWER BODY: With a Stair Climber, “You’re able to work through a [large] range of motion at the hip and knee which can benefit your butt muscles, as well as the quadriceps, and hamstrings,” says Heather Milton, CSCS, an exercise physiologist at NYU Langone’s Sports Performance Center.
CORE MUSCLES: Though stair climbing is famous for its booty benefits, the activity doesn’t just work the lower body. As long as you stay upright and don’t use your arms to support you by holding onto hand rails, Milton says your core must engage in order to keep you stabilized.
CADIOVASCULAR WORKOUT: Stair Climbing is one of the best low-impact cardio exercises. Some studies show that stair climbing significantly improves your VO2 Max, or the volume of oxygen your body can use while exercising.
HEALTHY BONE DENSITY: Even though stair climbing is low impact, says Milton, it is still a weight-bearing exercise (unlike swimming and others), which means you reap the benefit of supporting healthy bone density. In other words, stair climbing can help your bones stay strong without applying an excessive amount of pressure on them, your joints, or your connective tissue.