I enjoy many different types of exercise and being active in nature, but I also really appreciate finding something that is able to make the best possible use of my time and energy, and that’s why I’m so hyped about the Maxi Climber.

This low tech piece of workout equipment has so many benefits and I’m really excited to share them with you, from it’s ease of setup and use to it’s ultra-efficiency in providing a stellar full body workout.

So what exactly is this Maxi Climber that I speak of?

It’s basically a vertical climber exercise machine, which is like a stair climber. It folds up for easy storage and has five adjustable height settings. It uses your own body weight as resistance, so there’s no need for any fancy tension adjustment settings. Super simple and effective – just like I like my workout gear!

It provides both a cardio and a resistance (strength training) workout at the same time, working out ALL of your major muscle groups, which is beyond amazing!

Assembly is really simple as well and shouldn’t take more than 10-20 minutes tops, even if you’re not a natural at it. Thanks to my husband, George and I put it together in 10 minutes!

Since high quality workout equipment can often easily cost upwards of $1,000, it’s awesome that the Maxi Climber is so moderately priced (we got ours for under $200), making it accessible for so many more people.

To move it or store the Maxi Climber, you can just fold it in half and lift it up, tucking it under the bed or into a closet. It’s under 35 pounds in weight so I am able to scoot it from inside the house to my outside terrace with ease.

One of the things that I love about the Maxi Climber is how little time it takes to get an awesome full body workout in 10-15 minutes, just 3-4 times per week. Guys, that’s seriously all the time you need to start seeing and feeling results with this wonderful machine!

Here’s a little clip of me using my Maxi Climber outside on the patio, enjoying the fresh air and getting some sun.

If possible, I recommend setting up the Maxi Climber outside where you can get some sun at the same time as your workout, for that all important vitamin D! Did you know that the body uses cholesterol for vitamin D production? So by making sure that you get enough daily sunlight to produce the amount of vitamin D that you need, you’ll also be helping to naturally lower your cholesterol. Crazy, right?!

When you use your Maxi Climber outside, try to expose as much of your skin as possible in order to maximize your vitamin D production. Wear a hat and polarized sunglasses to protect your face and eyes, but allow much of your body to be exposed to the sun if it’s warm enough outside.

In the winter, you can increase your core temperature while exercising by wearing a vest, but still wear long shorts in order to get some sun on your legs.

If you’re fair skinned, you need 10-15 minutes of sun per day, which is perfect for getting while you use your Maxi Climber.

If you’re medium or darker skinned, you need a bit more time in the sun each day in order to produce enough vitamin D for your body, so you can split up your sun time between your Maxi Climber workout and other outdoor activities.

When using your Maxi Climber, I recommend using my Burst to Boost™ method of working out, where you practice alternating between exercising at your fullest capacity for a short period of time and then resting for a bit longer.

If you’re a beginner, I recommend 30 seconds of full intensity exercise, followed by 60 seconds of rest. If you’re more experienced, you can try 60 seconds on and 60 seconds off. You might alternate between exercising and resting 6 to 10 times, and then your workout is done, all in just 12 to 20 minutes.

But don’t worry, it’s very effective! Bring a towel with you, you will be sweating in minutes. 😉

If you use it properly, it will pretty much works out your entire body- the muscle groups of your arms (forearms, biceps, triceps), legs (quadriceps, hamstrings, calf muscles), hip flexors, glutes (love the butt burn!), and even your core abdominals and lower back muscles.

What I absolutely love about this type of workout is that you can apply it to literally any physical activity that you’re doing. Running, cycling, rowing, jumping rope, push ups, jumping jacks, you name it! Just do that activity as quickly and with as much will and might as you can muster for a few minutes, then rest for a few minutes and repeat.

If you’re excited to try the Maxi Climber, I got mine here. Let me know if you love it on Instagram by tagging me at @drsusanne.