VersaClimber FAQs

The VersaClimber is the world's leading climbing exercise machine and offers a zero-impact, total-body workout.
Quite simply, 'It's all the fitness you need'.


What is the VersaClimber?

The VersaClimber is the leading climbing exercise machine that offers a low impact total-body workout. It will burn more calories than any other gym machine and will work your arms, legs, hips, chest, shoulders and back muscles. Launched in 1981, the VersaClimber is a piece of equipment used in health clubs, military training, sports medicine facilities, corporate and personal gyms all over the world.

What parts of my body does it workout?

While many other forms of cardio such as the treadmill or spin bike only work the lower body and require longer workout times to burn calories, the VersaClimber provides a total-body exercise, working the muscles in your arms, legs, chest, back, shoulders, and more, in one fluid motion. The machine forces your body to work in a Contra-Lateral way – meaning your right arm needs to work with your left leg and vice versa – targeting muscle groups that aren’t activated by other workouts.

How tough is it to use?

Like all full-body exercises, the VersaClimber can be tough to use, but the key is to build up gradually. For first-time climbers, we recommend a 15 to 20 minute climb – which includes a five-minute warm up and a three to five minute cool down. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you can take your workouts up to 60-minute sessions. Always keep an eye on your heart rate and perceived exertion, to make sure you are at the right level – no matter how many times you have used the machine.

How do I get started?

If you’re at a gym, ask a professional to help you – this way you can find the workout level and duration that is right for you and your goals. If you would like to try out a VersaClimber before you buy one - let us know. We have a range of demonstrator models to show you why the VersaClimber is the world's number one calorie burner. email: to book a demonstration

How does a VersaClimber compare to a treadmill, stepper, bike, swim etc.?

Please take a look at the Why? page of this website to see the superior calorie burning power of the VersaClimber. It's all the fitness you need.

How long do I need to use it for?

If you want to build strength in a specific area of your body then it can be used for less than a minute, by setting the resistance to a slow rate and performing 8 to 12 reps. For power training, set the resistance to a faster rate and perform 15 to 30 reps. Endurance training usually takes around 30 minutes per session with the resistance set at an intermediate rate of motion. Some people also find it useful to use the machine for a 10-20 second sprint at the end of a workout for a quick cool down, while others use it for around 20 minutes each day as a regular cardio routine to help them burn calories.

How should I use it as part of a holistic workout?

Along with providing a full-body cardio workout, the VersaClimber is designed to work like weight training machines and can focus on your lower or upper body specifically if set correctly. For a lower body workout, the machine offers exercises such as isolated leg lifts, leg presses and quad burning squats. For these, set the resistance level to relatively slow, hold onto the stationary handrails at the sides, and perform the specific motions for each exercise. The position of your feet on the pedals can also work different sections of your lower body; for example, climbing on your heels will work your quads, while climbing on your toes will work on your calves. Isolated exercises can be used to focus purely on your arms, shoulders, chest and back by standing in front of the machine rather than the pedals, and either pushing or pulling on the handles.

What’s a good workout time/goal for a beginner?

All VersaClimber beginners should take it easy, using a step no greater than 10 to 15 cm while keeping a gentle pace for around 15 or 20 minutes. You must also remember that to avoid shock, you must never let the foot pedals hit the bottom of the machine, otherwise you can do serious damage to your body.

How can I track my training?

The VersaClimber monitor screen provides information on your exercise such as the duration of your session, your climbing rate (m/min) and the distance you have travelled. Using this information, you will be able to monitor your progress by judging the distance you have travelled over a certain period of time. The LX and Home models can be upgraded (at point of order) for Polar telemetry for use with a Polar H1 heart monitor. The Club, Sports and SportsMedical models have Polar telemetry as standard. Also, Bluetooth upgrades are available for the Club, Sports and SportsMedical models. This will allow you to connect to any Bluetooth device to monitor your heart rate while using the VersaClimber.

How easy is it to install?

The VersaClimber can be installed by the customer and does not require any specific electronic knowledge or DIY. However, VersaClimber Polska offers a delivery and installation service. Check that it is possible to deliver a 2.5 metre long box to your location and always ensure you have sufficient height clearance for the machine.

I have a fault with my machine, how easy is it to repair?

If you experience any problems using the machine, or a fault has developed, please email VersaClimbers are sold with a manufacturer's Warranty (See manual for details).

I am not in Poland. Why should I use VersaClimber Polska?

David Lloyd (owner of VersaClimber Polska) is a VersaClimber expert.  David has been using VersaClimber for many years – even climbing the height of Mount Everest on one.  David is the only VersaClimber expert in continental Europe.  There are a handful of fitness equipment websites which can sell you a VersaClimber but they cannot offer superior product knowledge.  VersaClimber Polska supports customers from initial discussions (to identify the correct machine), through to assembly, maintenance and effective use of VersaClimber.