Want to see results from your fitness routine and spend less time doing it? The 25-7-2 StairMaster workout may be just the thing you’re looking for. The exercise trend was created by fitness influencer Camilla Akbas as a low-risk, low-impact cardio exercise and it’s gone viral on social media for its easy routine and impressive results.
The 25-7-2 workout involves climbing a StairMaster at level seven for 25 minutes, twice a week, and this is how you do it:
- Climb on the StairMaster and set the intensity level to seven. If it feels too difficult, lower the setting to a three or four to start with.
- Start walking and breathe in through the nose and out through the mouth.
- Climb for 25 minutes, while leaning slightly forward as you do.
- Do the workout two days a week to see progress in your fitness.
It sounds simple enough, but is working out for less than a half hour twice a week really enough? According to fitness trainer Arabella Featherstone, anything that gets people moving and more active is a positive. She says the 25-7-2 StairMaster workout is best for people who want to “activate their glutes and get fitter” and since it’s a mix of resistance and cardio, it’s “also good for fat loss. The workout’s benefits include:
- It’s low-risk - Featherstone says pretty much anyone at any fitness level could do it and the risk of injury is low.
- Works the glutes - It strengthens this muscle group, which supports the lower back.
- Improves core strength, balance and coordination - Personal trainer Emma Bord explains that you have to maintain your balance while walking up the staircase and maintaining good posture also engages your core.
- Helps weight loss - Featherstone points out that any workout that gets your heart rate up, has you sweating and keeps you moving is good for weight loss.