Climber Vs. Elliptical

Climber Vs. Elliptical

At first glance, a climber and an elliptical seem to be very similar. The foot platforms on these machines are used differently and provide different types of training. Establish what are the goals you want to achieve with fitness to properly choose the machine that gives you the best cardiovascular training for you.

Calorie Burning

If what you're looking to achieve with physical conditioning is burning calories and losing weight an elliptical machine is a better option than a climber. Data published at Harvard Medical School in 2004 indicate that 30 minutes of exercise on an elliptical machine will burn about 335 calories in a 155-pound person. The same person using a climber for an average of 30 minutes can expect to burn about 223 calories, which means that the elliptical will help you burn almost 50% more calories.

Muscular Development

According to the American College of Sports Medicine, escalators are an effective exercise for toning the thighs and buttocks. The movement that a climber does is focused mainly on the lower part of your body, and when you add resistance to the machine, it takes a lot of force from the leg muscles to operate the pedals. Although the elliptical helps develop the leg muscles, the inertia of the pedal travel reduces a little the work your body has to do.

Expert Information

A 2006 study conducted by the Sports Performance and Technology Laboratory published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that running on a treadmill is better for "increasing energy expenditure" what to do climber when the perception of the effort is the limiting factor to train intensely. You will feel just as tired on both machines but you will work harder on the treadmill. Elliptical machines offer the same style of training as a treadmill with less impact on your joints.


Elliptical machines provide full body training, while stair climbers focus more on the lower body. Some models of stair climbers bring handlebars that move up and down to work your upper body. Most stair climbers have a handrail to place their hands while training. A drawback of elliptical machines is that the machine can be difficult to use if the stride length is too short for your legs and is not adjustable. An adjustable stride length is a feature that is usually only available on more expensive models.


From November 2010 you can find good quality climbing machines for around US $ 1,500. The most expensive models cost between US $ 5,000 and US $ 6,000. The elliptical machines are in a similar price range. Both machines have lower quality models at a much cheaper price. Certified personal trainer Brett Spottke suggests avoiding doing this type of investment.

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