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MaxiClimber XL Review

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If you want to see your fitness level skyrocket, have fun while you workout, torch calories and save space in your home gym, you’ll want to check out the MaxiClimber XL.

We’re used to seeing cardio machines that are motor powered and cost thousands of dollars. For many of us, it’s simply what we’ve come to expect. We believe that this is what we need in order to see optimal results and improve our health level.

The MaxiClimber XL is going to change how you view that. This simple, yet highly sophisticated piece of cardio equipment, does it all – and then some. And even better yet, it’s available at a fraction of the price of even the cheapest of treadmill or elliptical models.

What makes the MaxiClimber XL so unique is that it gives you the best of all worlds. It’ll work both your upper and your lower body, just like the elliptical trainer would, and it’s also easy on your joints. But more than that, it will increase your calorie burn tremendously, helping you achieve your desired bodyweight goals – when combined with a good diet, of course.

Simply stated, the MaxiClimber XL is a new and interesting way to view fitness.


Model MaxiClimber XL

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Resistance is what determines calories burned per stride. The more levels, the more precisely you can control the difficulty.

Resistance Type

The type of resistance affects the performance of your elliptical. Magnetic and Eddy-Current are the most common types.

Bodyweight and hydraulics
Stride Length

Stride Length is important for comfort and smooth strides. A stride length of 18-21 inches is ideal for most heights (5'3 - 6'7).


Elliptical pedals can be cushioned and adjustable for maximum comfort and minimum impact on joints for injury prevention.


Some elliptical trainers can be set at an incline to increase difficulty and burn more calories.


The flywheel controls the smoothness and resistance of your workout. In general, the higher the better.


Elliptical Programs allow you to complete a workout with changing speeds and inclines, without changing anything manually.

User Profiles

For each profile the elliptical allows, you can create a custom user account with saved programs and goal settings.

Heart Rate

Heart Rate programs allow you to track how many times your heart is beating per minute (bpm), and some control the workout for you.


Elliptical Display refers to the screen you'll look at to monitor workouts. LED and LCD displays are similar to TV screens.

Digital Display
Max. Weight

Max User Weight is the amount of weight, in pounds (lbs), that it can safely support, which can represent durability.

300 lbs

Dimensions are included to help you figure out if this elliptical will fit properly (Length x Width x Height and Height x Depth).

25.78” x 41.33”
Upper Body

Most ellipticals have handles to hold while you're working out that provide an upper body workout.

Accessory Tray

Some ellipticals include an accessory tray for holding items such as water bottles, wallets, keys, or MP3 players like iPods.


Ellipticals that include a sound system allow you to listen to your MP3 player/iPod through built-in speakers (without headphones).

Cooling Fans

Cooling Fans are designed to help keep you cool during an intense workout on your elliptical.


Some ellipticals are designed to conserve space by folding up. This is a convenient option, but some features might be reduced.

Quick Controls

Quick Controls allow you to select speed, incline and even workout programs with the touch of a button (usually on the handles).


The warranty is an important part of your investment. The longer the warranty, the longer you can get free/discounted repairs.

1-year machine warranty

Rating: 80%

Our Rating

Rating: 80/100. The MaxiClimber XL is a unique piece of fitness equipment with some serious benefits, but a few drawbacks as well. First, it will provide a fantastic workout. This machine has you using both the upper as well as the lower body, and will also bring your core into engagement.

Because of the way your body is positioned while using this machine, you’ll find that your core contracts every single second of the workout. It may, in fact, be the piece of cardio equipment to most challenge those muscles. If flat abs and avoiding lower back pain are your goals, this is the machine for you.

It’s also great that this machine is low impact. Just like the elliptical or the stepper, there will be no additional stress placed on the knee joints. This said, do note that you are climbing up at a steep incline, so if you are prone to knee related issues, this may aggravate your condition.

As you do the climbing, you’ll also be pulling up with the upper body. You can adjust what muscles are worked simply by adjusting how you place your hands on the handlebars.

Another benefit about the MaxiClimber XL is that it’s extra light. You can easily fold it up and carry it out of the room with you if needed. This is because there’s no motor in this machine. It’s entirely user powered and works off a bodyweight and hydraulics system. This keeps it small, and means that it should require less maintenance.

This machine also comes 90% fully assembled, so don’t let the set-up scare you. It’s easy to get going with it nearly immediately out of the box. The unit does bring a maximum user height of 6’6″ and takes up 14.17″ x 25.78″ when folded.

On the drawback side is the fact that it’s harder to control the intensity that you’re working at. On another, more expensive machine, you can easily adjust the speed and resistance and it will take care of that for you.

But with this, you are the programmer. So for this reason, it can be harder to see natural levels of progress if you are having an off or tired day. It’s all governed by you, so you have no extra drive to help ensure you get the necessary work in that you desire.

Which brings us to the next drawback of this machine: lack of programming. You’ll have no programs to follow. If you’re someone who likes a bit of extra guidance with your workout sessions, you’ll be unfortunately out of luck here. The display console is rather simple in that all you get there is a timer that tracks how long you’ve been going for, as well as a step counter and a calorie estimator. And remember that the calorie estimator is just that: a calorie estimator. Don’t take it as the exact number of calories you are burning as it can be quite off depending on a number of other additional factors.


  • Is not powered by a motor so there is less risk of breakdown
  • Uses no electricity so can be placed anywhere in your home as need
  • Is ideal for building both upper as well as lower body strength, unlike some cardio machines that only focus on lower body strength
  • Is going to burn calories at a very accelerated rate – much faster than many other forms of cardio
  • Is easy on the joints – you can exercise pain-free with this machine since there is no impact
  • Builds strength, endurance, and stamina all at the same time
  • Is perfect for small spaces and home gyms
  • Can be folded up and moved as needed – it’s light weight enough you can carry it with ease
  • Does include a timer and a calorie and step counter. While there are no other tracking metrics, you can count steps and try and beat your step count for a designated time frame next workout
  • Is cost effective at under $500. This makes it far cheaper than just about any other motor powered fitness equipment out there
  • Is ideal for those who want to build a strong core. Because of the positioning of this machine, every step you take will fully integrate the core muscles, strengthening your back and abs and potentially preventing lower back pain down the road.


  • Does not provide any sort of programming so you’ll be entirely on your own when it comes to this. If you’re someone who needs some guidance with your exercise routine, this could be quite frustrating.
  • Does not offer different resistance levels. This works off your own bodyweight and hydraulics, so while if your body weight changes, that may alter the resistance, this isn’t always for the better. Generally speaking, the more fit you become and the more weight you lose, the stronger the resistance should be. This machine works in the opposite direction. This could be overcome, however, by wearing a weighted vest if desired.
  • Offers only a one-year warranty. While it’s nice that it has a warranty, if something breaks down on this piece of equipment after that, it’s highly likely that you’ll just need to purchase a new one. Although at the price point it’s at, this may not be that big of an issue to many people.


The MaxiClimber XL is a unique machine that has many benefits to offer. Improved lower, upper, and core body strength are all part of the highlights you’ll receive while doing your workouts, along with both strength and cardiovascular conditioning improvements.

This machine is folding and lightweight, making it perfect for small home gyms or even for travel. The fact that it has no motor makes it far more simplistic than many of the other machines on the market and some people will really love this fact.

Made to fit just about all body types with a relatively good weight rating of 300 pounds for this model, just about anyone can use and benefit from the MaxiClimber XL.

Workout Programs

This piece of equipment does not come equipped with any workout programs, so it will be your responsibility to figure out workouts on your own. You can however, sign up to receive workouts created by this company so that you can use them on your MaxiClimber XL. The training program provided with the unit affords one a 21 Day Maxi-Challenge interval routine which is available on iOS and Android systems.

MaxiClimber XL Features

The key features of the MaxiClimber XL include the fact that it folds and is lightweight in design, the fact that it will help those who are aiming to work both their upper and lower body, and the benefit of burning calories faster than many other pieces of workout equipment on the market today.

For those who are tired of seeing so-so results with their cardio regime, the MaxiClimber XL will shake things up.

Because this piece of equipment is also adjustable with a good weight rating, it’s also flexible and can be used by anyone.

Questions & Answers

  • What does a MaxiClimber help?
    The MaxiClimber works the core, arms, quads, hamstrings, glutes  and calves. It also builds strength and improves stamina.
  • How does the MaxiClimber provide resistance?
    The machine has a bi-lateral hydraulic resistance system.
  • Who makes the MaxiClimber?
    The MaxiClimber is manufactured by MaxiClimber Inc.
  • How does one use the MaxiClimber?
    Much like climbing a wall, users step onto the pedals and operate the handles in an upward climbing fashion.
  • Is the MaxiClimber better than running?
    Users of the MaxiClimber get the added benefit of resistance training both the upper and lower body, whereas running is primarily a lower body exercise.

Warranty & Guarantee

With this piece of equipment you will get a one-year warranty so if anything goes wrong in this time frame, you are covered. It isn’t a lengthy warranty, but at just under $500 for the price of the machine, it’s still pretty sufficient.


If it’s variety you seek with your workout program and you are bored with the treadmill, elliptical and bike, the MaxiClimber XL is the perfect fit. It’s going to give you a fun and challenging experience and will definitely help you reach your fitness goals, whatever they happen to be.