Looking for a new piece of equipment for your home gym but not sure what to get, the Conquer Vertical Climber may be the perfect machine.
The Conquer Vertical Climber is a low impact exercise machine that produces great results. Using your own bodyweight as resistance means you stay under complete control of your workout. Well designed with a slim profile, this climber completely and effortlessly folds away until your next session. It’s sturdy steel construction, coupled with ergonomically desined hand grips, makes it a great piece of equipemnt for people of all sizes.
- Low-impact aerobic & anaerobic workout
- Excellent aerobic workout to burn calories as well as fat
- Durable steel construction
- New design is smooth and quiet!
- Folds for easy storage
Effortlessly burn calories and torch fat away with little impact on your joints using this comprehensive vertical climber machine, from the comfort of your own home!
Why a Conquer Vertical Climber?
Whether an addition to your existing home gym or the first exercise equipment making it into your home, a vertical climber is a great choice. They’re the most efficient type of cardio equipment, burning 52% more calories per hour than a stationary bike and double the calorie burn of a similar workout on a treadmill.
You may be wondering how a vertical climber is so much more efficient than other cardio machines. Unlike other types of cardio equipment, a vertical climber has no set speed or speed limit, using your body’s own motion to power its movement. This allows the user to control the intensity of the workout, making it more effective than a treadmill or stationary bike. These benefits alone should be enough to get you on a vertical climber machine but in case you’re not convinced yet, here are some additional benefits:
- Low-impact: As we age, impact on our joints becomes more and more important. Although I’m only in my 30’s, I’m already beginning to experience knee pain after high-impact activity. While this could be due to the years of skating and snowboarding, anyone active in sports and fitness will experience joint pain at some point and it’s best to take preventative measures before an injury occurs.
A vertical climber has far lower impact loads than a treadmill or running in general. Even though a climber is a low-impact machine, it is important to keep your workouts short in the beginning. Your joints can take on added stress after your muscles have exhausted. If you start to feel joint pain in the knees or hips while using a vertical climber, you should stop immediately and shorten your climbing time.
- Weight loss: These machines burn calories much faster than other cardio machines targeting and shredding away fat. As I stated before, climbers use the user’s own motion, so the harder you work, the more fat you’ll burn. After years of running, the body reaches a plateau where any further fat burn becomes near impossible. A vertical climber is using your muscles in completely different ways, shattering the plateau reached from running.
- Increasing strength: Vertical climbers help build lean muscle as the workout is more similar to HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) than traditional cardio. This is because it mimics the act of rock-climbing and more or less is like doing one-legged squats a few hundred times. Although it’s possible to build lean muscle in the upper-body, most of the strength gain from a vertical climber is in the legs and butt.
Checkout the Conquer Vertical Climber Fitness Climbing Machine in Action!
Now that you know a bit about the benefits of vertical climbers, let’s take a look at the pro’s and con’s of the Conquer Vertical Climber.
Featuring four non-slip pads in the corners, the Conquer Climber is super stable. The manufacturer lists a weight limit of 220 pounds but many users upwards of 250 pounds have reported the machine as being stable with a heavier load. Just keep in mind, users over 220 pounds using the climber would be voiding the manufacturer’s warranty and using it at their own risk.
There’s no argument that any climber machine will get uncomfortable after extended periods of use, especially for users not accustomed to them. However, the Conquer machine was designed with the user’s comfort in mind. It has ergonomic rubber grips that are easy to hold even after you’ve started dripping sweat. The foot pedals are thinner than some of those on competitive climbers which can get uncomfortable after a long period of exercise. However, these pedals mimic climbing much better than other climbers so it’s a bit of a trade off. Furthermore, you really shouldn’t be climbing for extended periods of time. These machines are much more efficient when doing cyclical exercise, that is, getting on the climber for a few minutes, taking a short rest, getting back on the climber, and repeating this cycle. Finally, the foot pedals are coated with a textured rubber finish and angled to prevent slipping and improve traction.
This climber easily folds up for quick, efficient storage making it a great option for those with limited space. It’s also easy to assemble and only takes about 5-10 minutes to put together.
Conquer Climber vs the Competition
The most affordable option is the Merax Climbing Machine. While designed for heavier users, it can be used by anyone. However, it’s the newest of the three and doesn’t have the long standing reliability records of the other two . The conquer machine is much more popular and doesn’t cost much more than the Merax, making it a great option for budget customers who also want the validation of customer feedback. While the Maxi Climber is a bit pricier, there is some added comfort that I’ll discuss in the next section. It is the most popular climbing machine on the market which speaks for itself.
All three machines feature movable and static handles with ergonomic hand grips and provide the same level of resistance. Furthermore, all three machines have non-slip feet to keep them stable while climbing. The Merax Climber is built for bigger users and is more comfortable for users over 220 pounds. The Maxi Climber foot pedals are slightly wider than the Conquer foot pedals, making it more comfortable for extended periods of time. If you’re planning on spending a decent amount of time on your climber, the Maxi Climber is worth the extra cost.