Question On Stairclimb Speed?
I have been training on a stair climbing machine for the past couple of days. The machine that I have been training on has a cpat work out option. The machine starts at level 5 then changes to level 7 after the 20 second warm up period. Does level 5=50 steps/per min and level 7=70 steps/per min? Shouldn't the machine start at level 5 then change to level 6? Thanks in advance!
Training for the stairmill
The first 20 seconds is your "warm up" which is why its at a slower pace. It forces you to have muscle control at a slower pace which in turn will make your muscles work harder. It kicks up to 60 steps/min. for 3 minutes (the timing on the machines are NOT spot on).
The best way to train for the test is training for on each station you need improvement on. If the stair mill is your weak point you should work on increasing your lactic acid threshold (the burning you feel in the muscles). The vest actually pushed on yoru chest and makes it harder for you expand your lungs - dig your thumbs in the armpits of the vest and pull it off of your body to open your lungs up.
Any of the newer"stepmaster" steppers will have the CPAT pre-programmed in them. I think its menu arrow down twice and it'll say CPAT Test.
If you're in the DC area look up www.wildfireadventures.com for some personal training specifically for CPAT