Runtastic – Personalized Fitness/Health Training App



Did you make any resolutions for the New Year?

The most popular New Year’s resolutions are to get healthy, eat better, exercise and lose weight. That is why weight loss products tend to be on sale A LOT during the month of January, and you tend to see more weight loss program commercials.

I know I need to lose weight, but for me, I am focusing more on getting myself up and moving. I’m used to sitting at my desk for several hours per day. Now that I work two part time jobs I find that I am standing on my feet for just as long as I am sitting at my desk – however I’m not really “moving.” I want to incorporate more walking, step climbing and other forms of movement into my daily activities.

The holiday season was not a good time to start any kind of a fitness routine. Somehow it didn’t work well with all the cookies and candy canes I inhaled over the holiday season. I was holding off my fitness plans until the start of the New Year. Unbeknownst to me, I was offered a job at the last minute, so my New Year’s have been thrown off a bit until I can figure out how to balance two part time jobs, my blog, my family and everything else I need to do.

I do have one program I am going to be putting into place once I get everything planned out. For the time being I have been giving it a “test drive” to see how well it will fit into my plans.

Runtastic Results

The program I am going to get for the iPhone (it’s also available for Android devices). It’s called Runtastic Results. It’s the lastest app in Runtastic’s line of applications.

Runtastic – a leader in the digital health and fitness space that offers a comprehensive ecosystem of apps, products and services for tracking and managing health and fitness data – announced the release of the Runtastic Results app on iOS and Android. The Results app features a dynamic set of personalized training plans focused on building strength, decreasing body fat and increasing muscle definition. The app is designed to put users of all fitness levels on a 12-week path to success through a variety of workouts utilizing instructional bodyweight exercise videos and a comprehensive Health & Nutrition Guide. Bring your body and the Results app – no other tools required!

“Runtastic Results is an app made for the motivated user looking to jumpstart their health and fitness routine,” said Florian Gschwandtner, CEO and co-founder of Runtastic. “The easy-to-follow training plan doesn’t require any additional equipment and is proven to show results. I couldn’t believe how much stronger, happier and healthier I felt after just 12 weeks!”

Runtastic Results has many special features to not only help you to keep on track, but also to see the results you are looking for.

App Features & Benefits

In the Runtastic Results app, Premium users begin their 12-week transformation by first completing a simple fitness test. Based on the results, a personalized training program is assigned to each user which includes more than 120 step-by-step instructional exercise videos and week-by-week health and nutrition tips to maximize total body transformation. Over the course of three months, workout plans are adjusted per the user’s feedback and experience – making the plan flexible and tailored to individual needs.

Each 15-45 minute workout varies in focus area – boasting common bodyweight moves like push-ups, sit-ups and burpees, as well as lesser known exercises that utilize the user’s bodyweight to generate optimal impact. For those not yet registered for a Premium Membership, Runtastic users can still make use of Standalone Workouts without committing to a 12-week program.


The app was developed by experts, and even tested by Runtastic employees.

The Runtastic team was determined to prove that customized, equipment-less workouts could be done anywhere, at any time and generate incredible results. In a massive employee (plus family and friends) test, 293 Runtastics opted to test the app first-hand and share their results. There was nothing to lose, except a lot of sweat and body fat. The team put in 3,000+ hours of training and lost an average of 5.2% body fat in order to tweak and help develop the perfect bodyweight training app for users. Together, the test group completed two workouts per week and individuals were required to complete an additional one to three on their own – depending on their fitness level and weekly fitness routine.

Advantages of Bodyweight Training

Bodyweight training, using an individual’s own weight to provide resistance for exercise movements, is 2015’s top fitness trend, beating out last year’s No. 1, high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Simple, straightforward exercises have proven to increase strength, jumpstart metabolism and boost an individual’s entire fitness level in less time than many other training methods. A key element that makes bodyweight training so popular is that an individual or group can do the exercises anytime, anywhere with no equipment, gym or trainer required. The training improves agility, stability and endurance, and also prevents injuries. Learn more about bodyweight training in Runtastic’s recent infographic.

“I have been an advocate of strength training for over ten years,” continued Gschwandtner. “Now with Runtastic Results, users can achieve total-body transformation, anytime and anywhere, with little guesswork. There’s sometimes great value in getting back to the basics!”

You can check out the app on the Apple App Store or on Google Play. You can also learn more about the app at www.Runtastic.com/apps/Results.

The app is free to download, but the plans do cost money. The plans range from $9.99 for one month to $49.99 for 12 months.

It sound like you get A LOT with just one app.


There are several other Runtastic apps available, including free ones. In addition, the brand also sells products to aid in your healthy endeavors including the Orbit. Orbit is a bracelet-like device that tracks your activities, fitness and even your sleep cycles. My sleep cycles have been awful the past month. I barely get any quality sleep anymore.

Orbit can also be worn on your clothing, belt or another discreet location in case you don’t want people to see that you are monitoring your activities.  I’ve been wearing mine as a bracelet and no one has ever commented on it or asked me what it was. I guess most people see it as a watch or a bracelet. It even fits on my thick wrist (not fitting was a concern of mine).

It’s comfortable enough to wear too. I don’t even realize I am wearing it most of the time.

I use Orbit to track home many steps I take and the distance I go for the most part. I want to be able to reach 10,000 steps per day. So far I have been averaging in the 4,000 range. How pathetic is that? I’m on my feet for most of the time at both of my jobs, I just don’t walk around much. I have been challenging myself to beat my previous day’s step/distance count each day.

Orbit also tells you how many calories you’ve burned.

With Orbit you monitor your daily progress. You can also integrate Orbit with Runtastic apps such as Runtastic GPS and Runtastic Me.

Orbit is even waterproof up to 100m. That is great in the event you plan on wearing it if you go swimming.

Orbit is available in a variety of colors too.

If you would like to learn more about Orbit, or other health/fitness devices sold by Runtastic, visit www.Runtastic.com. Look for the brand on social media too. All of the links are found on their website.

Color Orbit


*I received a free Orbit in order to do it’s review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Five Mindless, Harmful Eating Habits to Avoid in 2016



Once upon a time, the word “diet” was only associated with weight loss. Thank goodness, times are finally changing. In recent years, science and technology have taught us so much about all of the ways that nutrition and specific foods can alter the entire function and overall health of our human systems. We now know that the foods we choose to put in our bodies can positively or negatively affect so much more than just our weight, metabolism or cholesterol levels. We are quickly learning that we must view diet as an individualized, life-long health plan, rather than just a means to lose weight.

Of course most of us have experienced the feeling of wanting to shed a few extra pounds, especially after the holiday season. Unfortunately, many look to a quick, fix-it diet, creating a shock to their bodies. This often results in putting the lost weight right back on, confusing the healthy metabolic functionality of the body. To avoid this so-called yo-yo dieting and negative consequences to our health, let’s make 2016 the year to focus on a proper long-term nutritional diet that is right for our individual bodies by avoiding the following harmful eating habits that so many of us fall victim to:

Skipping breakfast – Talk about mindless! The mornings can be chaotic, whether we’re trying to get more zzz’s or we have children to feed, dress and get off to school before embarking on our adult responsibilities. Forgetting our own health needs can be very easy and skipping the most important meal of the day is a common one. Why is breakfast so important? This is the meal that ignites our energy, gets our metabolism going and kick starts our brainpower. Without it we can feel weak, tired and sluggish, all the while depriving our bodies of vital nutrients.


Eating out of the package – We live in a packaged food society. Rushed eating or eating on the go can mean skipping the actual purpose of a meal, eating real food. Eating fake processed, packaged food heightens the possibility of eating more than one serving or consuming foods we didn’t plan on eating. Even if we are snacking on something healthy, like mixed nuts, eating more than a recommended serving can translate to consuming too many calories or too much fat (even if it’s the good kind). The best options for snacks and meals are to choose foods that actually exist in nature with minimal processing. Here’s a grocery store secret: Shop mostly around the perimeter of the grocery stores where all the fresh food is, instead of in the middle where all the packaged stuff is.

Eating foods that make you feel bad – Because our bodies all work differently, we each have different sensitivities to certain foods. Some foods make people gassy, some cause acid indigestion, some can lead to acne breakouts. While there are easy to identify reactions caused by certain foods, others can be harder to identify and can often lead to more serious reactions or damage to our bodies. Scientific research over the last few years has shown that foods such as gluten-containing grains, dairy and genetically modified foods (GMOs) to be among a few that are negatively affecting masses of people. In fact, studies have proven that there are dietary-related triggers of autoimmune reactivity, resulting in neurological, behavioral, dermatological, and gastrointestinal symptoms that can lead to autoimmune disorders.

greasy food

Rather than continuing to eat foods that your body reacts poorly to, get to the root of the problem by learning what your specific triggers are. There are tests that can identify these triggers and reactivity to foods that your body should not consume. Cyrex LaboratoriesArray 3 accurately identifies gluten reactivity, measuring antibody production against nine wheat proteins and peptides and three essential enzymes. Cyrex Laboratories’ Array 10, a unique, revolutionary panel, measures reactivity to 180 food antigens in the cooked, raw, modified and processed form and monitors the effectiveness of customized dietary protocols. If you suspect you may have sensitivities or reactivity to foods, or you’d like to learn more about Cyrex’s Arrays 3 and 10, all you need to do is consult your doctor about how to get tested.

Too much dining out – Even when we think we are ordering smart, there are often hidden ingredients that can be counterproductive to our overall health. For example, you can order vegetable soup without really knowing what kind of flavor enhancers they included or how much salt was added. Don’t lose sight of the fact that restaurants want their food to taste good and keep customers coming back for more, so they tend to pack in excess amounts of sugar, salt, fat, and even synthetic coloring and flavoring agents. Cooking at home ensures you have a more complete understanding of what you’re putting in your body.

Buying no-no foods – Everybody knows that you should never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. That’s a recipe for disaster. Everything sounds good when we are hungry, thus making us more inclined to buy things that we know we shouldn’t. Out of sight, out of mind. If it’s not available to us, we can’t eat it. Try grocery shopping on a full stomach and focus on buying foods that are good for you, on your shopping list, and that you need—rather than the more indulgent items that catch your eye while you shop.

Today’s busy lifestyle makes it very easy to fall into a pattern of mindless eating habits that can be harmful to our health. Awaken yourself to your patterns and how your body might be reacting to different foods and eating habits. Let 2016 be the beginning of a healthier you!


About the Author

By Dr. Chad Larson, NMD, DC, CCN, CSCS, Advisor and Consultant on Clinical Consulting Team for Cyrex Laboratories.

Dr. Larson holds a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Southern California University of Health Sciences. He is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He particularly pursues advanced developments in the fields of endocrinology, orthopedics, sports medicine, and environmentally-induced chronic disease.

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Eat This, Not That – Holiday Edition


Holiday Food

For many, the Holiday season is synonymous with indulgence (or overindulgence!), which leads to feeling sluggish, poor sleep habits, and weight gain. Coming to the rescue – healthy lifestyle gurus and founders of the Health Coach Institute, Stacey Morgenstern and Carey Peters. After coaching over 8,000 individuals across 27 countries, the duo is sharing their inside secrets for making it through the holidays, healthfully.

Go for it! Pumpkin Seeds – Healthier than the mixed nuts, seeds pack a punch with protein, zinc and antioxidants.

Pass please! Eggnog – A Holiday staple, eggnog is seriously delicious. But it comes with a hefty amount of calories and saturated fat—around 280 calories and 9 grams of fat, to be more precise.

Go for it! Baked Apples – Sprinkled with cinnamon and roasted, these delicious and seasonal treats are a great replacement for the sugar-laden holiday cookies and pies!

Pass please! Dark Meat Turkey with Skin – Basted, often butter-covered, skin on a turkey can taste pretty good, but when it’s covering the already higher in calories dark-meat turkey it can be a less than healthy choice. Try to stick to skinless white meat portions, or at the very least take off the skin, which cuts the calorie count significantly.

Go for it! Holiday “mocktail” – Kick alcohol to the curb (if only for a few nights) and replace with this seasonally appropriate holiday mocktail. Soda water and a splash of pomegranate or cranberry juice with a sprig of mint is refreshing and had a festive hue to get you in the spirit!

Pass please! Fried Foods – This is a no brainer. Avoid anything on the table that has been deep fried. Chicken fingers, coconut shrimp, and other foods that have been dredged in breading and cooked in oil are never going to be good for your heart, body or waistline. If you’re after a little crunch, seek out options that are lightly coated in gluten free breadcrumbs and baked instead.

Go for it! Roasted Root Vegetables – Ditch the mashed potatoes and kick stuffing to the curb. Instead, replace with simply roasted root vegetables that are high in antioxidants and other nutrients. Butternut squash, carrots, and even parsnips are delicious when tossed with a little extra virgin olive oil, salt and pepper.

Pass please! Meat Plate – Processed meats have been getting a lot of buzz lately due to their unhealthy and potentially cancer-causing characteristics, add to that the fact that these snacks are often high in salt and fat, and you’ll find more than one reason to stay away!

And remember, should temptation take over, don’t beat yourself up. Start fresh the next morning with new goals in mind, and turn to an expert (like a health coach) if you need a jump start or little extra support.


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New foods from Jenny Craig


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I have been overweight my entire life. I have tried every diet and eating program known to man. Some worked pretty good and others were a total waste of time and money.

One program I tried for a month about a year or so ago was Jenny Craig.  Jenny Craig provides clients with one-to-one counseling to discuss any food related issues you might have and to devise a “game plan.” In addition you have the opportunity to purchase Jenny Craig foods.

If you EVER get the chance to try Jenny Craig’s Turkey Burgers – do so! It’s been well over a year since I had one last and I am still in love with it. It as by far the best I have ever had. I wish I could just walk into Jenny Craig and stock up on them. Sadly, only Jenny Craig members can purchase Jenny Craig’s foods.

My time on Jenny Craig was a good one. I had a very positive experience. My favorite part was the food. The food was delicious!

Unlike other foods offered by weight loss plans, Jenny Craig’s food was not only delicious, it also tasted fresh. It didn’t taste like it was sitting in a freezer or on a shelf for months at a time. The food tasted like it was freshly made. That is one of the biggest things that stood out to me about the food – the freshness of it all.


Another thing I enjoyed about the food was the variety. Jenny Craig has a great variety including snacks and desserts.

Jenny Craig recently introduced new products, some of which I had the opportunity to try out for myself.

  • Loaded Baked Potato
  • Italian Style Pasta Bake
  • Classic Waffles
  • Chocolate Peppermint Cake (seasonal)
  • Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich
  • Pumpkin Loaf (seasonal)
  • Pumpkin Spice Cakes (Seasonal)
  • Homestyle Beef Pot Roast
  • Classic Lasagna with Meat Sauce
  • Turkey & Wild Rice
  • Apple Crisp
  • Chocolate Lava Cake
  • Strawberry Yogurt Anytime Bar

I just had to try the Chocolate Lava Cake and Chocolate Peppermint Cake right away (not at the same time of course – but I was tempted). WOW! It’s hard to believe these desserts were part of a weight loss plan. They were amazing and didn’t taste like “diet food” at all. Diet foods tend to be bland or just plain gross. These desserts tasted like something you would be served at  restaurant. They were that good!



I LOVED the Loaded Baked Potato. I could seriously eat baked potatoes every day of the week. They are one of my favorite foods. The Jenny Craig Loaded Baked Potato didn’t disappoint. It was SO GOOD!

I was equally impressed by the Turkey and Wild Rice meal. Frozen poultry can sometimes get chewy or hard. That was not the case with the turkey in this dish. It was still nice and juicy after I warmed it up in the microwave. I was also pleasantly surprised by how much meat was included. Sometimes frozen meals give you just a few bite size piece of meat. As you can see from the photo the Jenny Craig Turkey and Wild Rice dish gives you a decent amount of nice sized pieces of turkey.



Even the Homestyle Beef Pot Roast was filled with large chunks of beef, potatoes and more. Honestly, it’s better than the beef stew that I make for my family.


With the holiday season upon us, I know a lot of people are worried about gaining weight. I know that I am. I always worry about gaining weight due to the homemade cookies, cakes, large family meals and more. You can easily put on weight during the holidays.

So what happens when January 1st rolls around? You are probably worried about how you are going to lose the weight. Jenny Craig is certainly a great option.

Even better… why not consider joining Jenny Craig now – before the holiday season is in full swing. I know that it might seem like a crazy idea but it’s actually a great way NOT to pack on the pounds during the holidays. You’ll not only learn to eat right and exercise, you’ll also still be able to enjoy delicious foods. Instead of a handful of Christmas cookies you can enjoy Pumpkin Spice Cakes or a Chocolate Peppermint Cake instead. You’ll still get to enjoy a sweet (and delicious!) treat, but without the weight gain.

If you would like to learn more about Jenny Craig, or find a location near you, visit JennyCraig.com.

You can find Jenny Craig on social media too;

Have you tried Jenny Craig’s program? What was your experience? Did you lose weight? What did you think about the foods? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Healthy eating with Veestro


Microwave Meal

Do you ever get bored with the foods that you are eating? Me and my family sure do. It seems like we eat the same foods week after week.

I hate to admit it but I often rely on pre-made foods. I rather not, but there are times when I am pressured for time and need to whip up a quick meal.

It’s always been a dream of mine to have my very own gourmet chef. Not only could my family have delicious, gourmet meals night after night (and different meals each week!), but I could also make sure that the meals were healthy and made with real ingredients and not pre-made “gunk.”

I highly doubt we will ever have our own personal chef, so all I can hope for is some extra time and great cookbooks where I can learn to make new thing. In the mean time it IS possible to enjoy healthy, gourmet meals from Veestro.

Veestro delivers 100% plant-based, organic, non-GMO, chef-prepared entrees, soups and juices. Their service is available nationwide. It’s like having your own personal chef without the expense of one.

According to Veestro;

Plant-based diets naturally promote weight loss, resulting in long term sustainable weight loss. They are low in saturated fats, high in fiber, and reduce excess cholesterol intake. And while it is always possible to overeat on high-calorie foods, this is much harder to pull off on a plant-based diet. Fruits and vegetables contain mostly water, keeping you feeling full without consuming a lot of calories. They are also rich in antioxidants, plant sterols, phytochemicals, and potassium, which are all thought to reduce the risk of heart disease (just another perk of a plant-based diet!)

The folks at Veestro understand that not everyone has the time to cook, they know you are busy, but they also know that you want to eat a wholesome and nutritious meal. At Veestro everything is made fresh, using all-natural ingredients, no preservatives or animal products.  You won’t have to worry about recipes, shopping or cooking. You don’t calculate ‘points,’ keep track of calories, or play games. You just grab a Veestro meal from the fridge or freezer, heat and eat. It’s that easy!

Veestro is now REAL Certified. This means they have met certain criteria in the following categories: Responsible, Epicurean, Agricultural, and Leadership. http://eatreal.org.

Veestro sent me some meals to try out for myself.

I will admit that some of the foods sounded kind of “odd,” and possibly foods I might not enjoy. Thankfully I’m always open to trying out new things and I went into this with an open mind.

Vegetable Lasagna

Vegetable Lasagna

Some of the meals I received I knew I would like such as;

  • Veggie Lasagna
  • Tuscan Calzone
  • Veggie Empanadas
  • Veggie Patty Burger
  • Hearty Vegetable Bean Soup
  • Three Layer Scramble
  • Enchilada Casserole
  • Thai Chicken Stew
  • Savory Croquettes with Veggie Hash

Some sounded a bit unusual and I wasn’t sure I would like them, most especially tofu. I am not a fan of tofu. I also have never had quinoa before so I didn’t know what to expect. Some of the more unique ones include;

  • Kale & Quinoa with Tempeh Bites
  • Red Curry with Tofu and Veggies
  • Golden Chickpea Stew with Quinoa

The meals are made fresh and then frozen for shipment (with the dry ice). Meals should be kept in the freezer, and will last up to 8 weeks in the freezer without compromising flavor or quality. If you choose to keep then in the refrigerator, they will last about a week or two.

The foods from Veestro are easy to prepare. Just pop them in the microwave or oven and enjoy them when they are heated up.

This is “clean eating.” These meals are not made with man-made ingredients or gunk that you can’t pronounce, let alone know what they are. Veestro makes sure to include all the ingredients on every meal. The great thing about these meals is that each and every ingredient I knew what it was. There were no mysteries or surprises.




Admittedly I don’t know what Tamari is (I assume it’s a spice), but the rest of the ingredients found on the meals I received to review I understood.

There were some meals that I absolutely loved, and there were some meals that I didn’t really like. But that is OK. That is why Veestro has different meal options with their Ala Carte section. That allows consumers to order the meals they want.

I think the reason why some of the meals didn’t appeal to me because I am not used to the ingredients. Take for example Quinoa. It’s all new to me so I am not used to the flavor or texture. I think that is an ingredient that would have to grow on people. I’m sure it’s an acquired taste.

The meals do taste freshly made. They don’t have that bland frozen pre-made meal taste to them. After you prepare them and put them on a plate they look as if you made them.

Clean, wholesome eating is not for everyone. It’s something you’d want to ease yourself into. It’s certainly worth considering because healthy eating is so much better for you and your family.

Vegetable Calzone

Vegetable Calzone

If you would like to learn more about Veestro please visit Veestro.com. You can also check them out on social media. All of the links are found on the bottom of their website.

I have a special discount code for readers too – use the code SHESCRIBES to save 20% off your order. 

Veestro has different meal options including the Ala Carte mentioned above where you choose your own meals. They also offer “Meal Packs” including Gluten-Free meals and High protein meals. They also offer a 21 day “kick start” option and for those of you who love juicing, they offer juices too.

Oh yeah! I almost forgot! Veestro sent me some juices to try out too. One was called Johnny Appleseed which was very good. The other flavor (I totally can’t remember what it was called at the moment) wasn’t as appealing to me. It was green in color and I think that is what threw me off. I am not used to the idea of drinking something green.

Veestro might not be “budget friendly” for many people, but if you are interested in eating real foods it’s nice to “get your feet wet,” so to speak, by eating meals from Veestro.

What do you think about Veestro? Does it sound like something you would like to try? Are you into clean eating? Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from readers.

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*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 


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Step up your workout routine with MaxiClimber



I have a confession to make – I hate to exercise. I’m OK with walking and swimming, but aside from that, I am not a fan. My plump body is a good indication of that.

It’s not that I don’t want to exercise. I do (to some degree). It’s just that I feel very self conscious about working out in our condo complex gym. I’m not in shape at all and I feel like people are staring at me, or mocking me, when I work out. For this reason I rather work out in the comfort of my own home – away from the snickering and judging.

We used to have an exercise bike. It was fine and I used it faithfully for a long time. Unfortunately it took up way too much room in our living room and there was no where we could push it out of the way. We ended up getting rid of it.

Another time we had a Gazelle. It worked great and my whole family used it. After a while it started to squeak – A LOT. My husband put WD40 all over it but it didn’t work. It also took up too much room. We ended up giving it to our neighbor.


Without any equipment (aside from videos and hand weights) I haven’t exercised much at home with the exception of taking the dog for a long walk. My daughter uses a hula hoop to exercise with but I can’t use that. I don’t know how to hula hoop.

I’ve been on the look out for a piece of equipment that could provide me with an all over workout, was affordable, and would take up very little space when not in use.

One day I was pitched information about a new piece of equipment I have never heard of before – the MaxiClimber.

MaxiClimber engages all major muscle groups to burn calories and build muscle, utilizing the same movements as rock climbing. The easy-to-setup vertical climber is a total body workout that can help you sculpt lean, sexy legs, rock-hard abs and toned, and strong triceps and biceps. By using your own body weight as resistance, MaxiClimber gives a great cardio and strength training workout without putting stress on the lower joints of your body.

Key Features

It sounded interesting. I like that it’s a total body workout. I also like that it doesn’t put stress on your joints and it’s a great cardio workout (getting your heart pumping is key to a successful workout).

MaxiClimber was kind enough to send me one to review.

When it arrived I was at work. My teenager daughter (who loves to work out) saw the box and asked me if she could open it up. I asked her not to because I worried about her losing any of the pieces. She didn’t listen to me. When I got home the MaxiClimber was already set up. It arrives pretty much assembled.

When assembled (and closed) the MaxiClimber doesn’t look like much. It’s tall and not too wide. When it is opened  you can see what that MaxiClimber is all about.

I think this video by MaxiClimber shows you what MaxiClimber can do for you.


Both of my kids hopped on it and used it with no problem. In fact my daughter works out on it regularly. I’m very impressed that she is so committed to exercising.

I have to admit that I was very intimidated by it when I saw it set up. I didn’t think my 250+ pound body could use it without it tipping over. I cautiously used it the first few times until I felt confident enough that it wasn’t going to tip over on me.

THIS IS A WORKOUT! Oh my! I can barely do 10-15 minutes on the MaxiClimber without my heart beating out of my chest and building up a sweat.


The first few times I used it I felt it the next day. I hurt! That is because I was not used to such and intense workout. My arms, legs, butt and sides hurt. Thankfully the more I used it the better I was and the less I felt it the next day.

It doesn’t look like it will give you much of a workout – but it does. It works out almost your entire body with just this one machine. This includes your upper, lower and core.

Compared to other household exercise equipment (treadmills and bikes), the MaxiClimber helps you to get a more intense, overall workout helping you to burn more calories, tighten and tone your body.


One feature I REALLY like about the MaxiClimber is that it folds up easily and can be pushed into a corner or a closet to get it out of the way when not in use. You can’t easily do that with an exercise bike and most treadmills are too bulky.

We live in a tiny condo so space it at a premium in our home. Being able to tuck the MaxiClimber out of the way is a huge selling point for me. It’s also light enough to move around. My daughter is petite and has no problem moving the MaxiClimber around.

I have to admit that I’ve slacked off a bit the past month using the MaxiClimber. Between end of the school year stuff (finals), our daughter’s senior prom (looking for the dress, shoes, hair, makeup…) and graduation I have been on teh go-go-go pretty much all month long. I was so overwhelmed by everything the day after graduation (a Saturday) I slept pretty much the entire day to make up for a month of running all over the place.

Make sure you wear good sneakers when using this equipment. Do not try and do it barefoot. I did and it HURTS! You need to wear good shoes. It’s also safer that way too.

Please ignore my son's backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it's on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn't put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it - that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Please ignore my son’s backpack and bed pillow on the floor in front of the climber. As you can see it tucks out of the way. Normally it’s on the other side of the dresser against the wall. Our daughter had used it and didn’t put it back (thus the reason why my son threw his backpack in front of it – that is where he puts his backpack normally).

Now that things have settled down a bit I am going to use the MaxiClimber on a regular basis. I plan on starting out with 10-15 minutes 3-4 times a week then gradually increase the work out time and days. Ideally I’d like to reach 30 minutes per day 6 days per week. That is an easily obtainable goal to have.

Even my son who doesn’t like to work out at all will use the MaxiClimber. He likes that he can still watch TV while using it. Not exactly the right motivation, but at least he’s moving.

We love our MaxiClimber. You get to work out almost all of your major muscles with just one piece of equipment that can be easily stored away when not in use. It’s a win-win situation if you ask me.

If you would like to learn more about MaxiClimber visit their official website, MaxiClimber.com. You can also follow them on social media (all of the links are found at the bottom of their website).

What do you think about MaxiClimber? Does it look like something you would like to workout with? Feel free to share your thoughts.



*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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