Some studies show that 15 minutes of sweating it out on a VersaClimber burns more kilojoules than the same amount of time on a treadmill or exercise bike. Developed in California in the 80s, it’s only in the past couples of years that the VersaClimber has become more widely used. The United States Marine Corps and NBA use VersaClimbing to maintain strength and fitness.
It uses a vertical climbing machine, so you stand upright, put your feet into the straps on the pedals and grab the handles. You can adjust the handle height, the stroke length and the amount of resistance. The greater the stroke length, the greater the range of motion and the more muscles you use. Once in position, you use the pedals and handles to move as if you were climbing a wall or mountain. The machine measures how many metres you climb during a workout.
It’s an ideal exercise to build core muscles, to increase lower back strength and tone the gluteal muscles in the bottom.
It’s low-impact, too, so it’s ideal if you’re unable to do exercises that place pressure on your joints.