The home fitness market has exploded in the last few years as an increasing number of professionals look for quick and easy access to equipment. For busy individuals, travelling to and from a gym is overly time consuming. With home fitness equipment, it’s possible to train at a time that suits you.
Vertical climbers are innovative pieces of fitness equipment that are different to traditional stair climbers and treadmills because they focus more on the upper body. Below, we take a look at Maxi Climber to see if it lives up to its billing as the top climber in the niche.
What is Maxi Climber?
It’s a low cost vertical climber exercise machine designed to offer a fast and effective workout for a fraction of the price of Stairmaster and comparable fitness brands. According to the manufacturers, you can get good results from using MaxiClimber for 10 minutes, 3 times a week.
MaxiClimber is designed to provide a more complete body workout than stairs or treadmills because it mimics the action of wall climbing. This means your arms, legs, midsection and buttocks all benefit during a training session.
Your body weight provides the resistance which means the onus is on you to really put in the effort if you wish to lose fat and increase your fitness level.
The full Maxi Climber package includes:
- The MaxiClimber system.
- Digital counter.
- User manual.
- Maxi diet and exercise plan.
- Maxi diet and exercise wall chart.
- Dimensions: It is 79 inches high at full extension and weighs 33 pounds without packaging.
- Adjustable Height: There are 5 height settings which allow you to customise the machine for your size.
- Ergonomic Design: It suits almost every body type so you’re virtually guaranteed to feel comfortable while using the climber; until you up the pace that is! It is designed to accommodate users who weigh up to 240 pounds.
- Easy Storage: MaxiClimber can be folded when not in use which makes for convenient storage.
- Warranty: This product comes with a 12 month warranty.
How Effective Is The Maxi Climber
While traditional cardio machines such as the Stairmaster and treadmills can place significant stress on the joints of the lower body, MaxiClimber places greater emphasis on the upper body. The upper body is typically neglected during cardio sessions so it’s great to see a machine that tackles this issue.
It offers a smooth motion throughout and your feet remain in contact with the accompanying foot supports during workouts. This ensures the joints of your knees and ankles are not punished by a damaging jarring motion.
In addition, top rated orthopaedic and sports therapist and founder of Total Physical Therapy, Dimitry Polyakov also gives it his seal of approval.
The claim that you can use this machine just three times a week for 10 minutes at a time and get fit only really applies to interval training. Otherwise, you would need three x 30 minute weekly sessions to see or feel some benefit. As you apply the resistance, it’s up to you to determine how fast you travel.
The manufacturers claim you can burn more calories on MaxiClimber than on treadmills, Stairmaster or elliptical equipment (up to 500 calories an hour). In reality, the effectiveness of the machine depends on your application.
One downside is the lack of added resistance levels. Once you reach a certain fitness level, the MaxiClimber may no longer prove useful. Until that stage however, it appears to be an effective piece of home fitness equipment. The lack of stress on the joints means you can use it as often as you like thus increasing its effectiveness.
A basic workout plan using interval training would involve 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off. This means climbing at a high pace for 30 seconds then easing off for the next 30 seconds to rest. Repeat this 10 times for a lung bursting 10 minute session that burns calories long after you are finished.
Rating – 9/10
Value for Money
In an era where certain pieces of home exercise equipment cost thousands of dollars, it’s refreshing to see such a reasonably priced machine. MaxiClimber definitely falls into the ‘affordable’ category for fitness enthusiasts. It also comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a 12 month warranty.
For the price, you don’t expect fancy gadgetry and MaxiClimber is a fairly simplistic machine in terms of design and use. While you can look at step count and calories burned, metrics such as speed, distance, time and heart rate are not available.
Although it is a lightweight machine, MaxiClimber is rather durable so most users will not be reliant on the warranty. Indeed, it should provide you with several years of workouts as long as you’re not concerned with accurate metrics.
You also receive some added bonuses in the form of the 21 day Maxi diet and exercise plan and wall chart (for tracking your workouts). This is a really useful guide for those unfamiliar with exercise and there are also 80 tasty recipes to help you eat healthier. It also comes with the Rockin’ Out Interval Training CD which contains 12 songs to train to.
Rating – 9/10
Storage & Assembly
One of the big benefits of MaxiClimber is its sheer convenience. It is relatively lightweight and can be stored away under your bed or in a closet when not in use. It also comes almost fully assembled. This is a real advantage for those who are not DIY-savvy. It’s frustrating to purchase fitness equipment only to find it takes about 2 hours to assemble!
Rating – 10/10
As we mentioned above, MaxiClimber is very much a ‘no-frills’ machine but it is sturdy and can hold climbers who weigh up to 240 pounds. It is made with an adjustable solid steel frame and its isometric grips allow for a comfortable workout position.
The lack of feedback metrics may be a concern but a more pressing issue is the position of the console. No matter which setting you use, your eye line is always too far away from the screen so trying to track calories burned or your step count during a session is extremely difficult. In fact, you realistically can only see these metrics at the conclusion of the workout.
In terms of customer reviews, MaxiClimber appears to stand head and shoulders above its rivals in the niche. On Amazon.com, it boasts an average of 4.2 stars with 80% of the over 850 reviews giving the machine 4+ stars. Most users enjoyed the convenience of MaxiClimber and the fact it offers a total body workout.
Rating – 8.5/10
- Easy assembly, lightweight design & convenient storage.
- The vertical design means you can train in a confined space.
- It offers a more complete workout than stairs or treadmills.
- You provide the resistance so you can train as fast or slow as you like.
- Durable frame means users of up to 240 pounds can safely use the machine.
- Ergonomic design and grip handles allow for comfort during the session.
- Low cost fitness equipment.
- Added bonuses such as diet and exercise plan are useful for beginners.
- It is an extremely quiet machine without the irritating noises that often come from treadmills etc.
- The only metrics available are step count and calorie count.
- As you can’t enter height, weight and gender, the calorie counter is inaccurate.
- The console is very difficult to see when training.
- Beginners may find the machine hard to use at first.
- Lack of added resistance may reduce the useful life span of the machine.
- The design of MaxiClimber means you need your ceiling to be at least 8 foot high.
If you’re looking for home fitness equipment that doesn’t tax the joints of your knees, vertical climbers are a good option and MaxiClimber is arguably the best in the niche. Despite the issues with the console and lack of metrics, it is durable enough to last for years and provides you with a convenient workout option.
It’s lightweight, easy to store and comes with a handy exercise and diet plan. For the price, you’ll struggle to find a better piece of home fitness equipment.