A vertical climber provides a cardio workout while toning muscles in the lower body, upper body and core, according to MaxiClimber. Using a vertical climber is a low-impact method of exercise, which results in less stress on the joints than traditional climbing or higher-impact sports.
Vertical climbers work both the upper and lower body in one fluid motion, according to VersaClimber. The total-body engagement burns more calories than with other exercise equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes and steppers.
Vertical climbers mimic the act of physical climbing, utilizing push and pull movements through a full range of motion, according to Men's Fitness. The movement engages shoulders, hips, torso and legs. Climbers can adjust the speed naturally by moving faster or slower without resetting the machine, which allows the user to determine the progression and intensity of the workout. Keeping the hips stationary and avoiding bouncing targets the abs, engages the legs and makes the movement more efficient.
A broader range of motion works the muscles harder and makes for a more effective workout, states Men's Health. Studies show that maximum heart rates and VO2 max are higher in subjects using a vertical climber than when training on other cardio equipment. VO2 max measures how fast the body burns oxygen and how many calories are burned in the process.