Being a dad is the best feeling in the world, there is no question about that.
Sure, when I first learned that I was going to be a dad I freaked out (I am sure you can relate).
But with time, and as I constantly read books and talked to my mates who had crossed over to fatherhood before me, I grew into it.
And finally, when my baby girl came, I was ecstatic and couldn’t imagine a life without her. Yes, two seconds in my arms and I suddenly got attached. That is the magic babies possess.
But while fatherhood is great, humbling and a great molder of character, I wish someone talked to me and prepared me for the intense work it would be.
See, I am a stay at home dad and I am with my daughter all day long. She is cute and all but truth be told, a lot of work. It feels as though she possesses teleportation powers.
One minute she is with me the next she is climbing the bookshelf. I am constantly trying to keep up with her, prepare her meals, keep her entertained, clean and get some work done.
With all these things to do, I barely have enough time to hit the gym to stay fit and sexy for my dear wife.
If you are used to hitting the gym or even taking a run every morning you know how it feels when you miss even a single day of it. Your body tightens and your joints feel like they are rusty.
But one day I woke up ‘possessed’. My mind was made up. I had to find a way around working out. So I hit up the millennial’s best friend – Google. Turns out, I was not the only one in the dilemma.
Sure the prevailing situations were different but the problem was the same – the need to work out.
And the internet was/is full of solutions to this. In the midst of my search (that had led me to watch YouTube videos) something incredible happened.
YouTube, as though reading my mind and aware of my wants and needs, recommended a video review on Maxi Climber. Instantly, I knew I had found it.
Now, a Maxi Climber is an indoor fitness equipment that has been designed to mimic natural rock climbing movements of the body.
The equipment works every muscle in the body and helps you in losing fat evenly throughout the body.
With its working dynamics, you are guaranteed of getting back in shape in no time. But more of that later on in the article.
What attracted me at first before I even knew the benefits and features it possessed was the fact that it can be used behind closed doors.
I thought to myself with this equipment, I would not need to pay for any gym membership (which goes to waste most of the time since I hardly ever attend) and would only need thirty minutes on it daily to get back in shape.
This is the time I can squeeze into my busy schedule with great ease when my princess is taking a power nap (those are all she seems to take during the day).
At the moment I have had this exercise climber for about 2 months and the results are insane. My fitness and aerobics have improved and have gotten to save more money I otherwise used to spend on gym memberships.
But rather than take my word for it, I have taken the time to provide a detailed review of the product to help you get a better feel of what the exercise equipment has to offer. Spoiler alert – it is better than I have made it sound so far.
As you read through the below features, it is important to note that this equipment is ideal for individuals who have some level of fitness. Those who are just starting on their fitness regimen will struggle slightly.
But as they say, no pain, no gain. The equipment, however, provides an intense body workout that appears to be easier on the joints than that offered by treadmills.
Dimension and Maximum Weight Limit
I have a small space to work with. So you can only guess my joy when I came across this indoor workout equipment and realized it only measures 57 x 10 x 6 inches.
This is a pretty compact product. Adding to this, the product sports a foldable design which enables it to be stored away in closets and even under beds.
When the machine arrived at my doorstep, it came 90% preassembled which made it easier to set up. Being a stay-at-home dad with a hyperactive daughter to deal with, you can only imagine my joy.
As for the weight, the unit comes in at only 33 pounds. This is easy for pretty much anyone to move it from the workout space into storage.
Adding to this, it is important that I point out the Maxi Climber, though perfect for getting your body in perfect shape and losing fat evenly, it has a maximum weight capacity of 240 pounds.
Sure some individuals surpass the weight limit of this equipment and have used it without any problems. But even so, I wouldn’t recommend you risk it.
There are numerous alternatives with higher weight capacities that you could consider if you are heavier than 240 pounds, or you could start on a different workout regimen before you embark on the climbing exercise machine.
Safety and Stability
Safety is the number one consideration for most individuals looking to purchase their fitness equipment. No one is looking to buy a product that is a safety hazard and that will only cause injuries and damage to them.
The maxi climber has been constructed from durable material that is strong to withstand constant wear and tear.
As for its stability, the design it sports, similar to that of a tripod stand, only with horizontal additions acting as the base for additional support, help to stabilize you when working out.
But even with the inbuilt features for stability, it is imperative that the equipment is set up on a flat ground to enhance its stability as you mimic climbing movements.
- ADJUSTABLE DESIGN
- NO-STICK GRIPS
- DIGITAL TIMER
The best thing is the fact that it comes with an adjustable height design.
Courtesy of this feature, my wife who is slightly taller than I am gets to workout on it without taking up awkward positions that may harm her. The height adjustment is also straightforward for anyone to use.
In addition to the ergonomic design, the equipment also features isometric nonstick grips that provide a comfortable feel while working out.
Those who have hit the gym in the past, worked out for several hours and left with blisters on their hands, will appreciate this feature as I did.
It features a Digital timer that starts automatically when I start my workout and stops when I am done. The timer allows me to keep track of my workout easily.
I do not have to struggle speaking out numbers amidst the heavy breathing. On the other hand, being an automatic timer, you will not have to keep reminding yourself to start the timer half way through your workout.
Benefits - 3 Advantages
When I first purchased the unit, I was all ecstatic and excited and could not wait to get on it. Looking back at this moment, I detect a sense of naivety in my expectations. Sure I had worked out before but not enough to be on the equipment for extended periods of time every day of the week.
Maxi Climber workout machine comes with a recommendation of working out for 10 – 15 minutes three times in a week (only slipping a day in between the workouts) for individuals who have been off the wagon for a while.
As your body gains fitness and improves, you can work from there. After a while, you will experience amazing results all from the comfort of your home.
Now, this "mountain climber machine" has been designed to work on your legs, lower and upper body and the core muscles. You can say the equipment does not only mimic the movements of rock climbing but also leaves you with the same workout effects.
You should, however, bear in mind that these areas, especially the legs, rely on you maintaining a good posture while you work out.
I love the fact that this equipment does not strain the joints as treadmills do. Also, manufacturers and workout experts have it that the working out on this machine for only 60 minutes will burn 500 calories.
But as stated before, you should not expect to be able to have the 60 minutes workout immediately. If you are like me, it will take you several months to get to that level.
The machine is super quiet. Picture this. During my workout, when my sweet girl has blacked out to dreamland, I will push my body to the limit during which there will be a lot of strain and movements.
But even with all this movement, the equipment does not produce annoying squeaky sounds. As a matter of fact, most of the times my panting is louder than noise from the equipment.
As stated above, you will not have to spend a whole three hours on the machine 7 days a week to yield results. In fact going past 15 minutes on this equipment will be a challenge.
The manufacturer recommends only 10 sessions encompassing 3 15 minute workout in a week to yield the expected results.
PROS - What I Liked
In addition to the above benefits, below are some pros of using this unit.
Easy to Assemble
After getting the machine out of the box, it is almost ready to go. I say ‘almost’ because it comes 90% pre-assembled.
Finishing up on the setup will not have you spend more than 20 minutes on it. The process is easy and straightforward.
This is a major advantage for those who are not handy and who most often than not have to call a friend or relative from the other side of town to come and bail them out of a DIY project (regardless of how small or large the project may be).
It has been constructed with cold-rolled steel. Compared to its competitors that feature plastic parts, this is a major upgrade.
The durable materials that go into making this machine contribute to its strength and longevity. The machine will withstand the test of time and your vigorous movements as well.
Now, for all these conveniences and features, you probably are thinking that the unit is so expensive. Well, it actually is pretty well priced.
Comparing the cost of initial purchase to that which you will incur when paying your gym membership, buying the machine is a wiser financial move.
Within three or four months of purchase, you will have saved up cash you would have spent on a gym membership that you rarely have the time to attend.
Efficient Use of Space
Being a compact machine, the product has a small footprint. Adding to this, the unit takes up little space.
Additionally, the unit has been designed in a foldable design which allows it to be stored away in the closet or even under the bed. If you have limited space, you will love this equipment.
CONS - Some Minor Disadvantages
It is important to note that no matter how great a product seems to be, it always has some downsides. Using this machine, there are several things that I have noted over time.
Tall users will need pretty high ceilings
The product has been designed to be adjustable. However, the higher you adjust the equipment, the more overhead space you will need in your home.
Put practically, tall users working out on this unit will need to have ceiling heights around 8 feet high.
You work against your weight
Unlike with other indoor workout equipment, you cannot vary the resistance on this machine since it uses your body as its resistance.
While for some this may not be an issue, those who are just starting out will face difficulties.
There is no doubt that this machine came to save the fitness levels of most individuals like me. The machine offers an affordable and fast way to exercise in the comfort of your home.
The features, though basic complement the overall efficiency of the product.
Accessory Review - What You Could Need
Setting up the climber exercise equipment in my home, even though for specified periods of time during workouts, I needed to create an environment that made me feel more like in a workout zone and take the exercising more seriously.
Truth be told, with the bed right there calling and whispering out to me, it was and is still easy to give in and forfeit a much-needed workout.
With that, below are some accessories that I complemented my machine with to give myself the full package.
1. ProSource Puzzle Exercise Mat
This mat is like no other. It has been designed specifically to protect workout areas. To help this mat achieve this goal, it sports a non-skid textured surface and has been made from durable EVA foam. This foam provides excellent cushioning from the hard floor surface in the event you fall off.
If you are pressed for space, this product will serve you well. The unit is designed with interlocking puzzles which make the product easy and fast to assemble and disassemble for storage. In addition to this, the unit is super light making its portability a breeze.
Last but not least, the product covers 24 sq. Ft. is versatile, has a noise reducing design, and is easy to clean which makes it not only perfect for home use but also for gyms, children playrooms, and even garages
2. TNT Body Wraps
Now, the vertical climber will work varied muscle groups and help you lose body fat evenly, there is no doubt about this. Some start to see these results in just about 10 weeks of consistent workout.
But to help improve the results achieved and probably even reduce the time to achieve these results, you should consider these body wraps. They have been designed to help boost fat shedding.
This product increases your metabolism for slimmer thighs and arms. For women, this product also doubles up as cellulite wraps for smoother thighs.
The product has been engineered with an anti-slip technology that helps to hold the products in place while you work out. It also has an interior that is water repellant which is perfect for controlling bacteria and sweat buildup.
Adding to this, you will be pleased to note that every piece in the kit has been tested and passed through rigorous quality controls.
3. Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer
To improve the results achieved around your abdomen, this product will work just fine. The Sweet Sweat Waist Trimmer has been designed to increase the core temperature during a workout. This, in turn, increases the sweat production and fat burning.
The product has been designed to adjust and fit to varying shapes and sizes perfectly. The Velcro closure makes it easy to wrap around your waist without help from a third party.
For superior heat insulation, the product has been designed from Neoprene, a latex free product. As for the inner lining, you will be pleased to note that it is designed to repel moisture.
My Final Conclusion
Overall, the Maxi Climber is an equipment that will allow you to perform cardio exercising and keep your muscles well-toned all in the comfort of your home.
It engages your lower and upper body muscle groups and the core muscles all at the same time.
In addition to this, the machine is more effective than most fitness equipment in its niche. These include exercise bikes and treadmills.
On a treadmill to lose just 250 calories you have to work out for 60 minutes whereas the same time on a maxi climber will help you burn double the amount of calories.