Aiming for that summer body, but struggling for time? Providing a full body low impact workout, the Versaclimber is an ideal companion for those looking for a quick, but effective training session. The Home edition even gives you the freedom to conquer your workout without even leaving the house.
To help you along your fitness journey, we’ve put together our favourite exercises that will set you on the road to your summer body ventures in no time; be that prepping for a run, or even climbing mountains.
Be sure to do a quick warm up and cool down after each exercise, to prevent hindering your workout plan.
Exercise 1: Mountain Climbers
The Versaclimber is perfect for those who have scaling Mount Everest on their bucket list, ask TV-presenter Phil Spencer, who partnered up with Versaclimber UK to prepare for his ‘Everest In the Alps’ challenge in aid of The Brain Tumour Charity back in February.
As a machine that provides a near-vertical support, the Versaclimber is ideal for those looking to prepare for a steep or equally challenging activity. By using the frame of the machine to your advantage, you can easily re-create the leg movement required for ascending a mountain on long skis or in heavy duty walking boots.
While preparing, put to use the machine’s 75-degree tilt, as this will help strengthen your core and legs. Depending on your climbing environment, choose a resistance you think will prepare you best. For example, selecting a higher resistance will provide a closer comparison to that of a snow-filled landscape, because this climate can be notoriously tricky to walk in. A lower resistance is ideal for hikers, trekking along beaten trails or rocky paths.
Begin your workout with three minutes of climbing, with short strides. Try and add some pace into the climb. If you’re looking to strengthen your lower body ahead of an expedition, then consider holding the rails rather than the handles of the Versaclimber, as this will help to isolate the workout to your legs.
Start extending your stride but at a slower pace, and really open your arms, as if reaching for the tip of the arm. Change up your grip, by dropping your hand underneath the arm as this will hit your biceps and lats harder. Pull in tight, so your elbow gets as low as possible before pulling with your other arm. Work this for four minutes, 30 seconds on 30 seconds off.
Exercise 2: Running
For the runners out there, you’ll know that a daily outing to your local park or jog through the neighbourhood is an incredibly effective form of exercise, especially when it comes to burning calories. It can be tough though, to keep up your daily routine when you’ve reached a plateau in your training. Too much running, particularly on roads or hard surfaces, can also be damaging to your knees and other joints.
Overcoming this can be tricky, but never fear as our Versaclimbers now come with contra-lateral functioning, which replicate natural running motion. This allows you to mix up your workout, giving you the freedom to customise your training; from increasing or decreasing the resistance you work at, changing your hand placement to increase the tension on your core or alternating your climb pattern.
HIIT sessions using the machine are also an effective, yet fun way to channel your energy into your workout. This form of workout is perfect for people who find themselves time poor. These can range between sprinting for various intervals at a low resistance, to slower movements at a higher resistance for longer periods.
One of the most popular techniques for a HIIT session is ten reps of 30-second sprints, with 30 seconds of recovery time as these are ideal for people who need a fast track workout. You can get this done in just ten minutes!
Don’t forget though, make sure to balance out the intensity of your training with a shorter duration. Allow yourself longer intervals between short bursts of intense activity. Throw some music into the mix and you’ll have your very own ‘Climb To The Beat’ class.
To see how the Versaclimber could help you on your fitness journey, take a look at our website.
The exercises provided by Versaclimber and Versaclimber.co.uk are for entertainment purposes only, and are not to be interpreted as a recommendation for a specific treatment plan, product, or course of action.
Exercise is not without its risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. They include but are not limited to: risk of injury, aggravation of a pre-existing condition, or adverse effect of over-exertion such as muscle strain, abnormal blood pressure, fainting, disorders of heartbeat, and very rare instances of heart attack.
To reduce the risk of injury, before beginning this or any exercise program, please consult a healthcare provider for appropriate exercise prescription and safety precautions. The exercise instruction and advice presented are in no way intended as a substitute for medical consultation. Versaclimber and Versaclimber.co.uk disclaims any liability from and in connection with this program. As with any exercise program, if at any point during your workout you begin to feel faint, dizzy, or have physical discomfort, you should stop immediately and consult a physician.