It's WIOW (Work it out Wednesday) again! Yay. I started these posts to share workout information with all of you but to also help me stay motivated and on track with my workouts. It holds me accountable, that's for sure! I always think about NOT going to the gym but then I think...what will I write about on Wednesday? :)
Today I am talking about my new favorite machine that took me a while to try because I was so dang scared of it.
Why? Because I had a fun little "accident" at my last gym where some idiot left the treadmill on next to him at a 9.0 speed so he could move from one to the other switching off from sprints to hills. Well, dude left one of them running with nothing on it and I jumped on it thinking it was an open machine.
Next thing I knew I literally FLEW across the room and pretty much blacked out. In the end I was fine...only a few bumps and bruises and a passion to seriously KILL that dumb guy. However, I am a little leery of things that are consistently running. Unlike a bike or elliptical machine where you control the movement, these things don't stop unless you tell it to. So the stairmill, like the treadmill, terrifies me.
However, I decided to face my fears and try it because I have heard such great things about it. And guess what? I loved it. It was a little scary being up so high and not being able to stop but I kept it slow and got the hang of it after a few minutes. Since then, I have been adding 10-20 minutes of stair work to my routine of at least 2 miles a day and I think it's making a difference!
I am still creating workouts but this is the one I have been doing lately...definitely gets my heart rate up, gets me sweating like crazy and my booty is definitely sore the next day. All things I consider part of a successful workout!
If you do the workout above, you can vary the levels. I do the first 5 at a decent rate (73-75 steps per minute) and then slow it down for the next 5 to get the fancy stuff in. If you are new, take it slow and get to know the stairs and the pick up the pace. When I do the one above for 20 minutes, I burn about 300 calories.
Have you tried the stairmill? What is your favorite machine at the gym??
**Oh and just a quick note, I will be out of town for a week so I will back to posting when I return! Be sure to follow my Chicago/Cabin adventures via Instagram! :)