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Get it Up, Your Heart Rate That Is: Become a Stair Master

My absolute least favorite cardio machine to use at the gym is the StairMaster. I don't know what it is about it, but I get so bored and I just don't like it. Today, I stopped avoiding it and tried out this new workout, which applies a modified pyramid technique (when you gradually move from low intensity for a longer time to high intensity for a shorter time, then back down again). The workout actually wasn't nearly as boring as I thought it would be and my heart rate sure was up where it needed to be.

00:00-05:00 Warm-up, Level 4
05:00-10:00 Level 6
10:00-13:00 Level 8
13:00-14:00 Level 10
14:00-15:00 Level 6
15:00-20:00 Level 8
20:00-23:00 Level 10
23:00-24:00 Level 12
24:00-25:00 Level 8
25:00-30:00 Level 10
30:00-33:00 Level 12
33:00-34:00 Level 14
34:00-35:00 Level 10
35:00-40:00 Cool Down, Level 4

Looking a little intimidating? For a beginner's version just

00:00-05:00 Warm-up, Level 3
05:00-10:00 Level 5
10:00-13:00 Level 6
13:00-14:00 Level 7
14:00-15:00 Level 5
15:00-20:00 Level 6
20:00-23:00 Level 7
23:00-24:00 Level 8
24:00-25:00 Level 6
25:00-30:00 Level 7
30:00-33:00 Level 8
33:00-34:00 Level 9
34:00-35:00 Level 7
35:00-40:00 Cool Down, Level 3

Try it out and definitely let me know what you think. Not into the StairMaster, then check out these other cardio workouts.

millarci millarci 10 years
I absolutely hate the stair master! I agree with fitsugar. I just get bored. I don't know why. The only machine I hate more than the stair master is the stairmill! Ugh. I know it's a good machine to use but I just can't do it.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
its very tricky, atleast it was for me when I first got on it...i find it easier to go a little faster....when you go slow its like walking soooo slowly up a flight of stairs, so awkward!
7kimba7 7kimba7 10 years
I can't do the stair master. I can't find the rhythm. I don't know what's wrong with me.
nikkipez nikkipez 10 years
the stairmaster is INTENSE...its the hardest of all the machines for me, but also my favorite because it really works my legs and glutes out...thanks for this workout im def. going to try it
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