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There’s no doubt that using a climbing machine can provide a challenging lower body workout. In fact, you’ll learn quite quickly how fit (or not fit) you are after just a few minutes on a climber. In health clubs and gyms, the climbers always are in high demand because of the superior cardiovascular benefits they deliver, in addition to strengthening and toning large muscle groups. If you choose to exercise at home, you can experience similar benefits with a quality climber. Here’s some information about one piece of fitness exercise equipment that we give high marks to: the Johnson S8000 programmable stair climber.
4.5 out of 5 stars
One thing we quickly noticed about this climber is the non-slip foot plates that accommodate a variety of foot positions while ensuring a safe and effective workout. We think this climber has a superior simulation of climbing actions that will challenge even the fittest user. Yet, in the lower settings range, it’s easy enough to use by those who are just starting out on their fitness programmes. Full of innovative technology and superb reliability, this is a versatile machine that you’ll never outgrow. The most distinctive feature of this machine is the JID (Johnson Integrated Drive) resistance generator that’s brushless and completely maintenance-free.
The Johnson S8000 programmable climber is built for commercial use, which means it’s both strong and reliable. With heavy-duty, quality and stable construction throughout, the S8000 uses the latest in contact-free electromagnetic resistance technology. We also liked the extra large pedal that ensure movements that are biomechanically correct and thus highly effective. The machine has great ergonomics. The handrail, for example, is designed to help the users maintain a climbing posture that’s both comfortable and correct. The speed control allows for changes in stepping intensity any time during the workout. The brake is electronically controlled as well, providing excellent pedal descent control that ranges from 32 to 122 steps per minute. Be sure to add the optional heart rate monitoring system if you aren’t using a separate one.
Console: Comprehensive display of key information and parameters on a 7″ blue back lit screen
Console feedback: Time, floors climbed, calories, speed, level, watts, METs, heart rate, profile
Programmes: Manual, interval (hill or random), goal (time, distance or calories), multi FX (constant watts or random), heart rate (target heart rate or weight loss), fitness test, warm up, cool down
Heart rate measurement (integrated): Handgrips
Resistance range: 20 levels
Folds for storage: No
Stride length: 29 cm (11.4″)
Open dimensions: 118 x 93 x 161 cm (46.5″ x 37″ x 63.5″)
Product weight: 93 kg (205 lbs).
Maximum user weight: 182 kg (400 lbs)
Power method: Mains
Warranty: 3 years parts and labour
This is an exceptionally heavy duty piece of high quality fitness exercise equipment that delivers the same workout you’d get in a gym or health club. Highly recommended!