So is it an arms and legs workout?
It’s a phenomenal core exercise because you’re keeping yourself constantly on. Unlike on a spin bike where you sit down and collapse the core, when you’re standing up, if you don’t brace your core, what will happen is, your bum’s going to drift back. And then what happens? Gravity’s going to do what it does and it’s going to start pulling you backwards. And the next thing is, you’re hanging off your Versa. So you’ll always see those who’ve got their cores on because they’re much stronger, much taller on their machines and they’re on the same angle as the machine.
How much impact do you put your joints through?
You’re like, ‘Hang on a second. I’m working very hard, but without the impact. My body knows it’s drained.’ And the reason you’re feeling that is that depletion of calories is higher than any depletion of calories on any other cardio machine. You’ve got to really know how to work a cardio machine, shy of doing maybe sprint work on a running machine. And even when I’ve done sprint work, I can’t beat what I can do when I do sprint work on my Versa. The body isn’t normally used to that amount of depletion, in that amount of time, where it senses normally microtrauma should have kicked in, but it doesn’t get that because there’s not that impact like running. The heart rate goes up so high, but as soon as our hands go down, we stop pumping the blood above our heart and it comes back down and it goes again. So it’s just working in a way that it doesn’t in any other exercise. So you get this phenomenal sweat, you’ve worked super hard, you’ve had a big calorie deficit, but the body’s not screwed like it should be normally.
Why does VersaClimbing burn so many calories?
First, it’s full body. Unlike cycling where you’re actually disengaging a load of muscles, on the VersaClimber, you’re not. So then let’s compare it to something where they’ve converted it, so let’s say an assault bike. The assault bike is progressively harder because now we’re using arms but again, you’re sitting down on an assault bike or a rowing machine. So stage three, you’re using arms, legs and you’re standing up, so we have to be fully engaged, which beats all the other cardio machines because we’re already doing more. Then add a fourth element. You have to pump blood above your heart as your hands are working above your heart. Next time you go for a run, halfway through, stick your hands up in the air for one minute and watch how much tighter you get – it’s a whole different ball game. It’s very difficult and you have to do that continuously on VersaClimb. Lastly, when you take away impact, you can work longer for harder. So it’s a compound effect of all these little things, which is why their calorie burn is always higher.
Read the full article here