The Fitness Guru, Michael Feigin explains the benefits of the Freedom Climber
Alot of people ask me, “what is the biggest obstacle to getting results in the gym?” and I’ll tell them the biggest obstacle is boredom. People come in and they get bored out of their minds, and nothing happens. I have found something that is going to take the boredom right out of your workout. It is called the Freedom Climber, and it is the best machine I have seen in a long time. The Freedom Climber is an indoor climbing wall and the first thing that is amazing about is that it is only 8 1/2 feet tall, so it fits very comfortably in the basement of my Brooklyn gym. The second thing is it’s a turntable, so the wall actually moves as you climb. It is controlled by a very simple dial and it has this fantastic readout that will show you how quickly you are climbing, how many calories you’re burning. All of the pegs are like the pegs on any other climbing wall. They are adjustable and you can fix them as you want to. And lastly it comes with a suspension system so you can train yourself for strength training outside of rock climbing.
Now you start very simply, with very simple climbs. You can lock the wheel so you can practice climbing up and down, climbing on angles, really start to get comfortable with the feel of the wall before you start to let it turn. You can also start to do cardio vascular exercises, very, very simple biometric exercises that will let you get a little stronger in terms of your climbing technique. These are brilliant exercises. I love putting them into boot camp intervals, I like making them part of high intensity interval training. It is a great way to break up a mundane routine and really gets the heart pumping. As you get a little more comfortable you can get a little more slick with your moves, a little more acrobatic, just so you can get comfortable with the idea of moving your feet around, and then it’s time to let the wall start to move. Now here is where it start to get complicated, because you can not check out the way you would on a treadmill. You have to be thinking what comes next, what am I going to do next? As the moves become more difficult, more complex, your thinking that much more, you’re getting that much more out of it.
And finally when you’re done with all the climbing, you’ve got the suspension training; great suspension training which is so hot on the market right now. You can do all sorts of upper body and lower body exercises to help strengthen your body, improve flexibility and increase your muscular endurance so when you climb you have more to rely on. And then lastly, there is a whole series of abdominal exercises you can do with the suspension system, because what work-out is complete really without the opportunity to work your abs. That’s the freedom Climber. I mean honestly, can you imagine something more perfect in such a small space? Check it out and tell ’em the Fitness Guru sent you!