We got our MaxiClimber XL Vertical Climber (#affiliate) a few days ago. Assembly took about 30 minutes and was not a pain in our butts. The machine, however, was a pain in our butts, legs, arms, core and then some. Just as it’s supposed to be! My dreams of getting this machine and spending 30 minutes a day on it were incredibly unrealistic. Even though I run 5k almost every day, I was not prepared for this amount of exertion. A few days in, I have only done a few minutes a day and I keep lowering the resistance.
About MaxiClimber XL Vertical Climber
I discovered the MaxiClimber in a Facebook ad. I’ve seen lots of fun things advertised, like a device that turns planks into a game and a stationary bike that lets you race your friends in a videogame. While these seem great, they are usually either targeting very specific body parts or they are insanely priced. We’ll get to the price of the MaxiClimber in the next section, but it is quite afforable in comparison to other products.
“MaxiClimber is the revolutionary vertical climber that combines weight resistance, muscle toning, aerobic exercise and calorie-burning cardio for a full-body workout that will target all major muscle groups to reach maximum fat-burning potential, all in the comfort of your home.
The result? More fat burned, leaner muscle tissue, and a healthier you.”MaxiClimber
In addition to offering a full-body workout, MaxiClimber has a free app that allows users to enjoy coach-led online classes. It is custom designed to guide you step-by-step on your fitness journey.
MaxiClimber XL Vertical Climber Price
The MaxiClimber XL costs $399 while the simpler non-XL version is $199. We bought ours during a sale so we paid $349 total and we opted to pay in three installments for just $9 in interest. They even an option to pay in 12 installments over a year, which makes it one of the more affordable pieces of equipment out there.
$399 can seem daunting, but let me compare it to my other home-gym equipment. My Weslo Cadence G 5.9i Cadence Folding Treadmill that has worked amazingly for two years but doesn’t even have the incline function cost $349. My MaxKare Magnetic Rowing Machine, (you can read about it here) that I shopped around for like crazy to find the best price, cost $300. Finally, my Marcy Recumbent Exercise Bike with Resistance ME-709 cost $199. So in comparison to these machines, the MaxiClimber is definitely reasonably priced.
There are other climbers out there, but this is the original. The cheapest climber I found costs $109. The XtremepowerUS Vertical Climber Climbing Exercise Equipment looks similar to the Classic (non-XL) MaxiClimber but the reviews are not quite as good. We opted for the MaxiClimber because we plan on using it daily and need something reliable and sturdy.
Set-Up and Size
As you can see in the video at the top of this article, set up took about 30 minutes with two people. It can definitely be done by just one person, although having someone to stabilize helps. It also helps if you have drill bits to screw everything in faster than with the flimsy single-use Allen wrench. The hardest part was honestly getting the straps on the pedals that required precision (which I have, my husband does not) and strength (which my husband has and I don’t have.) That alone took us about five minutes.
When it comes to size, it is really tall but doesn’t take up too much floor space. We almost moved into a house with low ceilings and it would not have fit. However, if you are short like me, you can lower the handles and can work in smaller spaces.
The MaxiClimber is advertised as easy to fold and store, but the XL has three pieces with screw-in knobs to keep everything in place. While it IS possible to fold it to save space, it just isn’t practical to do it on a daily basis. Personally, I also find it more motivating to just have it set up and staring at me so that I actually get up and do it. The less excuses I have to make, the better. However, since the non-XL version doesn’t have the resistance bits, I think it should be way easier to fold up, but I can’t be certain.
Summary: MaxiClimber XL Vertical Climber
MaxiClimber XL Vertical Climber is a welcome addition to our home-gym, despite us not having a separate room for it. It is tall and intimidating, but doesn’t take up a lot of floor space. The Classic MaxiClimber can hold up to 240lbs (108kg) while the XL can hold up to 300lbs (136kg.) I weigh about 170lbs (which is why I bought it) and it feels super sturdy even when I’m going at full speed. Height-wise, I am almost at the minimum height. The minimum height for the MaxiClimber Classic is 4’9” ft (144.78cm) and the XL is 4”11”’ ft (149.86.)
So far, we are loving the MaxiClimber and it is kicking our butts!
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