What cardio would be a great replacement for the Stairclimber?

  • ChicagoCarl

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    Jun 01, 2011 12:57 PM GMT
    The Real Jock Strong and Lean program calls for use of the Stairclimber. I did it for the first time yesterday, for 30 minutes. Although I was getting a good sweat and my heart rate up I cannot do this machine. My knees were (and still are sore) and yesterday I had my first feeling of pins and needles in my foot.

    Although I know my posture was probably not the best, I do not think this machine will be effective if my knees continue to feel like this.

    Any suggestions on what cardio would be a great replacement for the Stairclimber? Thanks.
  • Timbales

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    Jun 01, 2011 2:18 PM GMT
    Elliptical is easier on the knees, don't know how it would compare as a workout, though.
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    Jun 05, 2011 7:49 PM GMT
    Elliptical or a spin bike. I find the stationary bikes uncomfortable, but the spin bikes have more adjustments so you can get a proper fit. You can burn as much calories as you dare on the spin bike.
  • havingfunmtl9...

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    Jun 05, 2011 7:54 PM GMT
    The Eliptical machine is great if you want to get your heart rate up and push yourself without all the knee strain. You can also try a rowing machine if you want to work your bis and triceps in addition to your shoulders, back, chest, and legs. Just make sure you're securely locked in! Lastly, a stationary bike is a nice choice.

    Good luck !
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    Jun 06, 2011 6:33 AM GMT
    10-15% incline treadmill.
  • mybud

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    Jun 08, 2011 12:25 AM GMT
    I'm thinkin a good brisk walk would do the trick man....BUD
  • Aquanerd

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    Jun 08, 2011 12:29 AM GMT
    SoloXCRacer saidElliptical or a spin bike. I find the stationary bikes uncomfortable, but the spin bikes have more adjustments so you can get a proper fit. You can burn as much calories as you dare on the spin bike.


    I agree. the Concept two is a beast. I have had bad knees all my life and rowing has never been a problem. plus the fly wheel is a great fan. icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 08, 2011 8:07 PM GMT
    Climb real stairs.
  • metta

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    Jun 08, 2011 8:33 PM GMT
    shoombool_tala said10-15% incline treadmill.


    not good for people with knee issues.



    If it is a joint issue, try Synthovial Seven and see if it helps to add more hyaluronic acid between your joints. Worked great for me.

    http://www.google.com/search?q=synthovial+seven&tbm=shop&hl=en&aq=f
  • laxdude25

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    Jun 08, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    There was recently an article about how great stair climbing was for exercise. The Link is below. I try to stay on the 12th floor or above in hotels when I travel for work, and do 3 sets of a circuit where I go up and downstairs by one stair, then two stairs, then three. And repeat if I have any wind or time left.I try to really pump the legs when I do the multiple stairs. In a very short time you have your heart pumping, your legs get pumped, and if you pump your arms you really feel your getting a total body workout. I never have the same foot or leg problems I do when I try a stair climber in the gym.

    The next best exercise is theoretically a rowing machine, and I do that when I can as well.

    In almost any kind of weather, when I am home in NYC I try to fit in two circuits of Central Park (6+ miles each lap).

    [url]http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17exercise-t.html?scp=1&sq=best%20exercise&st=cse[/url]
  • Lincsbear

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    Jun 26, 2011 3:46 PM GMT
    Swimming would be a good alternative:easy on your body and joints,yet as rigorous as any other form of cardio.It`d give you an upper body workout as well,tone and develop some muscle,etc.I do it all the time.Try it!
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    Jun 26, 2011 3:55 PM GMT
    ChicagoCarl saidThe Real Jock Strong and Lean program calls for use of the Stairclimber. I did it for the first time yesterday, for 30 minutes. Although I was getting a good sweat and my heart rate up I cannot do this machine. My knees were (and still are sore) and yesterday I had my first feeling of pins and needles in my foot.


    One key thing is that doing a new machine for 30 minutes, for the first time, is a recipe for EPIC FAIL.

    Personally, I would still pursue the machine, but you must pace yourself. Think about it; Who goes to the gym, on their first day, and completely goes balls deep and feels great the next day.

    I would recommend 10-15 minutes on the stairclimber, then 15-20 on an incline treadmill to get yourself into the groove. It's a great machine, especially for building quads and ass, so I wouldn't write it off completely after overdoing it on your first attempt.
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    Jun 26, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Timbales saidElliptical is easier on the knees, don't know how it would compare as a workout, though.


    +1
    This is my favorite cardio machine ever! And you burn calories on it like it's nobody's business! Try the interval at level 10 (max) for 30 mins... You'll burn about 600 cals and sweat like a pig ;)