We often justify our inability to work out with “I just don’t have the time”. Well, what if I told you that just 15 minutes on this machine is more than enough and as effective as 30 minutes on the treadmill or eliptical? This machine burns 800-1400 calories per hour, versus 600-800 calories per hour on the eliptical.
I’m talking about the StairMaster (aka Stepmills or Stairmills, StairMaster is a brand), not to be confused with the StairClimber. This machine is like the escalators from hell, because you’re climbing stairs that are never ending. Not only does it burn calories, but it also engages your glutes and legs – so you’re toning them at the same time.
For years, I avoided the StairMaster because every time I went on it, within 2 minutes, I was out of breathe and felt so unfit. I even tried justifying to myself that the eliptical was the best machine, or “Oh I have a really good groove going on with the treadmill”, because I was able to go longer on those machines and felt I was getting a better workout. Finally, my trainer insisted that I do the StairMaster. Even when I was like “But I can barely do 5 minutes…it won’t be as effective”, he assured me it was hands down the best cardio machine and to do what I can and slowly I’ll build up my stamina. At first, I barely did 5 minutes. Then I worked up to 10 minutes. Now I’m able to do a solid 15 minutes and given my fitness goals and busy schedule, I’ve maxed out at 15 minutes.
Here are some tips on how to get started on the StairMaster and ways to increase the intensity while still sticking to a 15 minute workout: