I’d been looking on the web for an honest MaxiClimber review for a while.
It was a few months ago and, even though I am in a pretty good shape, my mother was not.
Unfortunately, she is unable to do pull-ups; therefore, I could not help her with my expertise.
She kept on gaining weight and her lower back started to hurt, she was lethargic, had no energy, and kinda looked like she was in a pretty bad spot with her self-esteem.
I could not stand around and just watch her going through the motions of a life crippled by sadness. So I decided to bite the bullet, get the machine, help her out, then write an article about it.
This way, others in my or my mother’s situation would be able to have an educated opinion on whether they should get the MaxiClimber or not.
MaxiClimber Review: At a glance
66 x 28 x 79"
168 x 71 x 200 cm
The MaxiClimber is a vertical climbing machine with a great potential to help you lose weight. It is silent, stable, and can be easily stored thanks to it being foldable.
It is based at a low to mid price range, and comes with great additions such as the LCD screen that tracks calories burnt. Being adjustable, you will find it easy to use the unit regardless of your height.
Among the drawbacks we find the non-adjustable intensity and what I consider to be a low weight limit at 240 lbs. For both of these I chose to offer you some alternatives in the "Alternatives" section below.
Before purchasing the MaxiClimber
Vertical climbing machines are units that mimic the body movement during rock climbing.
Their goal is to help burn more calories than a conventional machine, such as the treadmill, and tone the muscles throughout your body.
All that without compromising your joints through constant impact (such as when you are jogging).
There are dozens of vertical climbers on the market, each coming with different features, benefits and drawbacks. However, before choosing one, there are a few general points you should be taking into consideration:
Most vertical climbing machines are adjustable but some of them are not.
Before buying a climber make sure it is adjustable, or that it suits your needs in terms of height.
As we will see in the following lines, the MaxiClimber is adjustable but it comes with other drawbacks - such as the fact that you cannot change the intensity.
If you are on the taller side and need the climber fully extended, you should be aware that some of them come at a maximum height of more than 7 ft. MaxiClimber comes at a maximum height of 7 ft.
Vertical climbers come with different weight limits. Some of them can hold up to 220 lbs (99 kg), while others can safely hold over 300 lbs (136 kg).
The weight limit of the MaxiClimber is 240 lbs (108 kg). You should note that the 240 lbs is the recommended limit. You may be able to force it, if you weigh more than that and really want a MaxiClimber. However, I don’t recommend it.
At the end of this article you’ll find more recommendations, including climbers that can take 300 lbs or more.
What is the goal of MaxiClimber
The MaxiClimber is advertised to burn twice as many calories as a treadmill, while at the same time sculpting great abdominal muscles, toning the legs, biceps, and triceps.
The advertisement suggests that it is a low-impact workout, which results in an up to 45% afterburn that lasts up to 24 hours.
Explaining the “afterburn” effect:
I first want to address the “afterburn” effect, which is more officially known as EPOC - excess post-exercise oxygen consumption. Without getting into too much detail, the more intense a workout is, the more oxygen your body will consume during and after exercising.
The recommended style of training on a vertical climber is HIIT - high intensity interval training. Meaning that you’ll be working out at maximum intensity for short periods of time, followed by a short rest period (can also be active rest).
It takes your body 5 calories to consume 1 liter of oxygen. Therefore, the more oxygen your body consumes during or after a workout, the more calories you will burn.
Having these in mind, we can conclude that the advertised “afterburn” effect is indeed real. However, it is nothing special or unheard of. It is something that you can elicit in your body through any kind of exercise, as long as you do it for long enough that your body consumes more oxygen than normal.
Now that we have this settled, it’s time to get into the real pros and cons of MaxiClimber.
MaxiClimber review: features and benefits
1. Well-built, lightweight, easy to assemble
I should begin by reviewing the way this unit was built.
What I liked about the MaxiClimber is the steel it is made of - lightweight, yet sturdy.
However, even though the unit itself is very sturdy, the cable may feel flimsy in comparison.
The cable does feel fragile. Truth be said, we didn’t have any problems with it so far. However, we’ve heard of people whose cable snapped after prolonged usage.
Another thing that I liked quite a lot, was the amount of time it took to put the unit together.
The MaxiClimber comes 90% pre-assembled, so there is just a bit of work on screwing all the big pieces together. More like a puzzle, really.
If you are a busy person or not good with mechanics, then this may come as a great benefit to you.
With that being said, be warned that the wrench it comes with is pretty annoying and you’re going to hate yourself for using it. Make sure you have a socket set or crescent wrench ready.
2. Torches through fat
I know that I’ve called out the “afterburn” effect a few lines above.
However, I do not deny it. I just wanted to make it clear for everyone that it is not some kind of never-heard-before science.
With this in mind, the MaxiClimber is great at burning fat.
Behind this trait is the way it works your body. You have to use all the major muscles in the body, as well as the smaller ones used for stabilization.
Couple that with the increased intensity and you have a winner mix.
This is a benefit if you don’t have much time to spend working out, or if you want to be as efficient as possible. Working your whole body in one go is better for fat loss. Not to mention that you will no longer feel overwhelmed by the thought of having to workout multiple muscle groups in separate sessions.
My mother was able to lose 18 lbs (8 kg) in the first month of using the machine. She went from 210 lbs (95 kg) to 192 (87 kg).
These are the results you can expect with MaxiClimber, especially if you also have the discipline to optimize your nutrition.
3. Great value for the money
One of the main advantages of the MaxiClimber is the fairly low price point.
To put things into perspective, their main competitor, the VersaClimber, comes at a price point of close to a couple thousand dollars. Therefore, I would consider the MaxiClimber a great value, to say the least.
If you want to workout on a budget, this may be the ideal unit for you.
For the money you pay, it performs very well. However, with time, you may encounter several problems that may force you to either buy replacement parts or an entirely new unit.
The good news is that if it happens, it happens after months or years of usage. The bad news is that… well… it could happen.
For example, remember the flimsy cable I’ve mentioned above? Yes, it could snap on you.
Another issue, as presented by someone in a review on Reddit, is that after a few months it was so loud that you could no longer use it. And, regardless of the amount of WD-40 you’re going to use, the sound is not going to quiet down.
We have not experienced this problem. However, we thought it was worth mentioning.
4. Adjustable, compact, and foldable
Regardless of your height, thanks to the adjustable handles you will still be able to get a workout.
Truth be said, it is a benefit only if you are short. All vertical climbers can be used by taller people; however, not all can be used by shorter people. Especially the non-adjustable ones.
My mom is 5’2 so we needed a climber to suit her needs in terms of height and adjustability. That’s where this feature came in very handy.
When she was working out she was not in anyone’s way. Even though she was working out in the living room while watching TV.
This compactness was another good benefit, because it helped her not “disturb” our day to day life. And with the item being quiet, it was as if she was not there. Ok, maybe her heavy breathing gave her away but you get the point.
Lastly, with the way it folded and was stored upright, it felt as if we had an extra ironing board. And I’m pretty sure no one would even notice an extra ironing board if they had one. So at no point since owning a MaxiClimber have we felt it was in our way in any shape or form.
5. Comes with a fitness app
I’ll start by saying this is not as important as it may seem. You can watch workouts on YouTube, or just play it by ear. Working out on the MaxiClimber is not difficult at all.
Besides, anyone with a smartphone can have access to the fitness app. Whether they purchased the MaxiClimber or not.
However, I found it very pleasant that they even thought of creating a fitness app to use with your vertical climber. The app will run you through a 21-day workout plan, with every day being a bit more challenging than the previous.
Furthermore, you can track your progress in the app, by submitting your weight every once in a while.
As I said, it’s nothing too fancy. I just appreciated the fact that they thought about their customers not knowing how to start their training. It’s good to know the company thinks about the customer's well-being.
6. Weight limit
This is the first thing I don't like and I'll address in this MaxiClimber review.
In terms of the weight limit, I was not pleased. My mother had no issue with it, since she was in the safe weight range. However, there are people who weigh more than 240 lbs (108 kg) and they may not want to risk the item breaking on them.
For those people I have listed some alternatives that are very similar to the MaxiClimber. I recommend you to check those out, as they may be exactly what you’re looking for.
The intensity can be changed only by changing the speed with which you stride.
There is no external weight or pressure that you can adjust. Therefore, you are stuck with the intensity your speed can produce.
Don't worry about it. It is guaranteed to break a sweat and give you a great workout without a doubt.
Having said that, if you are looking for more resistance, then we recommend you to look in other places. For this reason, below, I will recommend you another vertical climber that offers the possibility of adjusting the intensity through the turn of a button.
8. LCD Screen
Something neither me nor my mother liked was the LCD Screen.
Yes, it does track some data; however, it is far from enough data. To be more precise, the only data you get is the step-count and the amount of calories burnt.
This is what all climbers with an LCD offer. So they don’t set themselves apart in any way.
Moreover, you cannot view the LCD screen while using the machine. You have to step down before you are able to see any data. Actually, this is what we have considered to be the most annoying thing about the screen.
If after this MaxiClimber review you're not convinced with the unit, or it does not come with a feature you want or need, I have your back. In this section we’ll present three other options that you can use instead of the MaxiClimber.
For even more alternatives, don't just stick with our MaxiClimber review. Check our review of the best vertical climbers too.
Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0
The Conquer is a great option if you want to have one of the best vertical climbers for the money, at the time of writing this article.
Unfortunately, it does not come with any display console.
Therefore, you will not be able to track the amount of calories burnt or the number of steps taken. This may be ideal for you, if you don’t want to over complicate your workouts with data tracking and other mumbo-jumbo stuff.
Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 vs. MaxiClimber
- 36.5 x 26.5 x 78"
As far as specifications are concerned, the two climbers are pretty much alike. There is a slight difference in the fact that MaxiClimber comes with a fitness app and a display console to track burn calories. However, it comes at a quite noticeable price difference.
If you don't care about "fancy" features and only want a machine to get the job done, or if you are on a budget, then the Conquer Vertical Climber 3.0 may be a better option for you.
RELIFE Vertical Climber
As I’ve mentioned, I found the weight limit of the MaxiClimber to be quite disappointing. That is why I decided to include the RELIFE vertical climber in our list of alternatives to MaxiClimber. This unit can safely hold up to 300 lbs (136 kg), with a maximum of 430 lbs (150 kg) - which is not really recommended.
Another perk is the customer service. The RELIFE team will promptly send you replacement parts or try to accommodate you in any way they can, should you have any issue with your unit.
RELIFE Vertical Climber vs. MaxiClimber
The RELIFE and MaxiClimber have similar specifications. Again, the latter is ideal if you want to track your progress, as it comes with the LCD screen to track burnt calories.
However, if you are looking for a climber that can hold more weight, then you may want to consider purchasing the one from RELIFE.
Weslo Stepfit Climber
If you want more intensity for your workouts, then the Weslo may be the vertical climber for you
Not only does it come with adjustable intensity, but you can actually adjust two different intensities for your legs and arms. This is ideal for fixing imbalances in the musculature/strength of your limbs.
- 25 x 37.9 x 90.5"
If you want the freedom to change the intensity of your workouts, then the Weslo Stepfit Climber is ideal for you. It has similar specifications to the MaxiClimber, apart for the max height.
If you are short, you should note that the height cannot be adjusted at all. Therefore, if you are under 5'5, we recommend you to check other climbers.
As we’ve seen in this MaxiClimber review, the unit is a great addition to most people’s home or home gym. The unit is well-built, light, silent, and provides a good value for the money. The height of the handles is adjustable to accommodate most heights.
The fitness app it comes with is also a great addition but it is something anyone with a smartphone can get. Regardless of whether they have a MaxiClimber or not.
However, there are certain areas where this unit falls short, such as the weight limit and intensity. The weight limit is set pretty low, at 240 lbs (108 kg) and the intensity can only be changed by changing the speed of the strides.
Taking this MaxiClimber review into account, you may find that the unit is ideal for you or that you need another unit with different features. Whatever it is, we have you covered with the alternatives list.
Over to you.