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Old 06-15-2011, 05:30 PM   #1
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DOES ANYONE USE A VersaClimber?

Does anyone own or use a VersaClimber or similar type of machine? I have some lower back problems so when I use an eliptical trainer I am bothered by sciatica.

I haven't run in 20 years due to Osteoarthritis in my knees. Recently I have been running up and down a stairwell in my apartment building so I get a decent cardio workout with little or no lower back stress but soon I will be moving to a 1 story ranch home.

The VersaClimbers I have found on-line are quite expensive and I haven't found any sporting goods stores which stock them or anything similar. StairMasters are too big and expensive for in home use and not many fitness clubs have them any more; it seems that elipticals are more popular.

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Old 06-16-2011, 10:50 AM   #2
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Re: DOES ANYONE USE A VersaClimber?

If your knees give you problems I would recommend cycling.

 
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Old 06-16-2011, 05:31 PM   #3
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Re: DOES ANYONE USE A VersaClimber?

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Thank you for responding. Anything low impact - eliptical, stairs, etc - does not cause me knee pain. I might try a stationary bicycle if I can get a decent cardio workout without back pain. Do you or have you ever used a VersaClimber? I tried one many years ago and they are good for cardio, but as I mentioned in my original posting, none of themajor retailers carry climbers anymore. The minimum price I have found on-line is about $1800.

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Re: DOES ANYONE USE A VersaClimber?

The Versa climbers are great for a cardio workout. But be warned, just because you knee feels okay doing certain things, does not mean it will be okay. You could blow it out by running stairs, or any movement that applies repetitive impact. You should talk to an orthopedist or a physical therapist before committing to a purchase of a versa climber, or continuing to run staircases. I do not think you would be pleased if you had to get a knee replacement.

 
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