Spring is officially here and everyone seems to be slightly more motivated as the layers of clothes will inevitably come off in the coming months. If you have not added some high intensity into your cardio routine, now is definitely the time to try.
Personally, my weapon of choice for this is the Stepmill. Yes, the revolving gauntlet staircase to heaven aka Stairmaster 7000pt. There are several iterations of this model but this is one of the best pieces of cardio equipment that has ever existed in a sense of time on machine vs output by your body. Sure you can also use a treadmill and transition this into sprints, a cybex arc trainer, maybe an elliptical or a spin bike.. But the Stairmaster will be most worth the time you put on it.
There is something about your torso moving upwards in space and going uphill in a steady and consistent space. Something very visceral and effective at turning your body into a calorie expending firehouse! The quick breakdown is to set the machine at manual mode for at least 20 minutes. The Stairmasters have different level settings depending on the generation machine you are using so it can get tricky, but the breakdown is below. Let’s just say 1 is the easiest and 10 is the hardest level:
There is the workout overlay. Twenty minutes here when done consistently will mean real RESULTS over just a few weeks. So instead of watching an episode of SVU on your recumbent bike, throw on a set of headphones and get to a StairMaster to change it up in a world of focus. Use the handrails sparingly and make the most out of your time at the gym.