Star Trac – 8 Series – FreeClimber Stepping Machine (15″ Screen) – Product Description
The Star Trac FreeClimber Stepping Machine – Decades after pioneering the toughest workout in the gym, StairMaster machines are still the ones members choose to push themselves to the limit. The 8 series FreeClimber™ builds on StairMaster’s 30-year reputation of performance and comfort to offer the most innovative climber experience in the gym. The FreeClimber step design includes added cushion and independent pedal geometry, with four-bar linkage to create a fluid, natural stepping motion. OpenHub™ offer’s solutions for all of your entertainment, fitness tracking and asset management needs. It’s the combination of quality and innovation that provides users with the machines that make hearts pound, lungs burn and keep members coming back to the workouts they love to hate.
Get more with OpenHub™
When StairMaster set out to design their new console, their philosophy was simple: provide a flexible platform that connects expert partners to provide solutions for every customer for today and into the future. Introducing the new OpenHub family of Cardio Consoles. OpenHub is a smart, affordable, configurable solution available on Star Trac® and StairMaster® cardio equipment. The best part is, you add (and pay for) only what you want when you want. The future of club connectivity is here. The future is OpenHub.
Users can now browse the web or stream music and video directly to the OpenHub™ consoles from their own phone or tablet. You can also watch television on the oversized 15” embedded screen or by adding the optional personal viewing screen to the 10” and LCD models.
OpenHub™ can utilize various 3rd party asset management systems that allow facility operators to track equipment use and stay on top of maintenance. If your facility already utilizes an asset management solution, chances are OpenHub™ can communicate with it too. Asset Management works with:
- Fitness EME
- and many more
Workout Data Tracking
Personal fitness data tracking is available via Bluetooth connection. OpenHub™ consoles can push data to personal smart devices, connecting users with a world class data ecosystem. Workout Data Tracking works with:
- Garmin connect
- and many more
Competition and Games
Group Display functions can be used for a variety of competition and games. Bluetooth and Ant+ signals support data collection and display by 3rd party partner products.Competition and Games works with:
- Performane IQ
- Wahoo Fitness
This optional tablet holder can be added to the top of any LCD or 10″ OpenHub™ console. Able to hold tablets up to 10.1” diagonal screen size, the tablet holder puts the user’s personal entertainment in the ideal position for viewing, while holding it secure.
OpenHub™ offer tons of features and solutions to meet the unique needs of every facility. The flexibility of the console allows for additional features to be added at any point, meaning you can get and pay for what you want, when you want it. No other manufacturer offers the affordable range of connectivity as StairMaster and Star Trac.
Stepping Machine Benefits
Using a stepping machine provides benefits from head to toe. If you’re normally a runner or walker, stair climbing can be a good change of pace in your exercise regimen.
1. Aerobic conditioning
Stair climbing strengthens the heart and lungs — the keys to aerobic fitness. Stronger lungs allow you to breathe in more oxygen, and a healthier heart can pump oxygen-rich blood more efficiently to all your muscles and organs.
2. Calorie burning
Stepping Machines are an efficient and effective tool in losing weight or managing your current weight. A half-hour workout on the stepping machine can burn anywhere from 180 calories to 260 calories — or more — depending on your body weight and intensity of the workout.
A faster “climb” will burn more calories than a slower session. A 180-pound person tends to burn more calories than a 125-pound person doing the same workout.
Most Stepping machines come with calorie-burning calculators, which estimate the number of calories burned with each workout based on your current weight.
3. Core muscle strength
Because using a stepper machine requires you to keep your balance the entire time you’re climbing and pumping your legs, it also gives your core muscles a workout. Stronger core muscles help improve posture, prevent lower back pain, and reduce the risk of injury.
4. Healthier bones
Weight-bearing exercises, such as climbing stairs, can help reduce your risk for osteoporosis, and treat it if you already have it. Bones are living tissue, and climbing stairs helps increase bone mass. This is especially important as you get older, because natural bone loss tends to increase as you age.
5. Stronger quadriceps
The quadriceps femoris is a group of four muscles in the front of the thigh. These muscles are essential for walking, running, and just standing up from a sitting position. The quads extend or straighten the knee, so each time you push off from one step to the next you’re strengthening these large, important muscles.
6. Stronger hamstrings
The hamstrings are the three muscles in the back of the thigh that work in conjunction with the quads. They help bend the knee, so they’re also critical to walking, running, and sitting down. Each time you bend your knee to take another step up, the hamstrings are doing much of the work.
7. Stronger calves
Like the other muscles in your legs, your calves allow you to run, walk, and jump, while also being essential to maintaining your balance while standing. Your calves contract every time you lift your heel to take a step.
When climbing, whether it’s on a stepping machine, your front steps, or up a hill, your calves have to work hard to keep lifting your heels step after step.
8. Stronger glutes
The gluteus maximus muscles are located in the buttocks, and are some of the strongest muscles in the body. Their main function is to move the hips and thighs, so climbing stairs is a task that relies heavily on strong glutes.
9. Knee pain relief
Strengthening the knee reduces stress on the joint, which can help reduce pain if you have osteoarthritis. Using a stepping machine is considered low-impact exercise compared with the pounding, high-impact consequences of running on a hard surface.
10. Positive vibes
As you climb stairs your body releases endorphins, which are “feel-good” brain chemicals that boost your mood and reduce your stress levels. You may feel a little exhausted at the end of a stepping machine workout, but you should feel good about the work you put in.
Like treadmills, a stepping machine has a variety of settings to mix up your workouts. You can program the number of minutes you want to exercise. So if you’re just starting out, you can set the machine to go for 5 or 10 minutes and work up from there.
12. It’s only up from here
Unlike climbing an actual staircase, which requires a return walk down the stairs, a stepping machine keeps you moving up all the time. This is helpful because walking down stairs is much tougher on your knees. The tissue and fluid you use as “brakes” take a greater toll on the joints with every downward step.