How To Use The Stairmaster, & What NOT To Do
The Stairmaster seems to be a piece of cardio equipment that many people totally butcher. Here are a few simple tips that will help:
1) Do not go up the stairs sideways. You would never do this in real life, and you are not strengthening or ''toning.'' What you are doing is reinforcing horrible biomechanics and alignment.
2) Do not try to perform ''toning'' exercises while using this piece of equipment. For instance, performing kickbacks will not strengthen and tone your glutes. What it will do is cause you to go at a lower level, which will decrease your potential gains in fitness, and it will impact your ability to lose fat (if that is your goal).
3) Hold on to the machine as little as possible. This might mean going at a lower level. Going at level 20 will do you no good if you are draping yourself over the machine like a towel on a clothesline, and are maybe using 10% of your overall bodyweight.
4) Pay attention to your posture. Maintain an athletic stance, make sure that your alignment is ideal, and do not slouch. Because this exercise (and many others) is repetitive in nature, you do not want to reinforce bad biomechanics or alignment.
5) Maintain a strong core. This will keep your pelvis and spine more stable and will allow you to generate more power with your legs. It will also help safeguard your body against injury.
6 If you can read a magazine or novel, you probably should step it up!
This machine can be effective if it is used properly, so follow the above advice and you will achieve significantly better results.