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108 H/HP Operational Manual
108 H/HP Manual
Assembly & Operations
Manual
Home Model Versa Climber
CL-108H & CL-108HP
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Table Of Contents
Page
Introduction...................................................................................................1
Exercise Tips................................................................................................3
Exercise Guidelines .....................................................................................4
VersaClimber Specifications.........................................................................7
Display Module CL-108 H.............................................................................8
User’s Guide...............................................................................................9
Standard Mode.............................................................................................9
Program Mode..............................................................................................12-14
Race Mode...................................................................................................15-17
Program Level Chart....................................................................................18
Display Module CL-108 HP (Heart Rate Control)..............................................19
Heart Rate Monitoring Instructions...............................................................20-22
Oxygen Consumption................................................................................... 23
Training Heart Rates.....................................................................................23
Calorie Burn Rate Chart................................................................................24
Strength Exercises........................................................................................25
Working The Upper & Lower Body Separately.............................................25-27
Interval Training.............................................................................................28
VersaClimbing and Children..........................................................................29
VersaClimbing for Adults...............................................................................29
VersaClimbing and The Overweight Person.................................................30
Top These Towers!........................................................................................31
VersaClimber Assembly Instructions.............................................................32-37
Routine Maintenance....................................................................................38-39
Lubrication.....................................................................................................40
VersaClimber Assembly Sketches................................................................41-43
Warranty Parts..............................................................................................44-46
Warranty Validation Form.............................................................................47
Introduction
Congratulations on the purchase of your new VersaClimber--the original total body
climber! The VersaClimber provides a more complete, safe and overall better exercise
than treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, running, cycling, swimming, rowing or cross country skiing because the VersaClimber works all the major muscles of the body in one
safe, smooth rhythmic motion.
Climbing against gravity also burns more calories than any other exercise.
VersaClimber accommodates all levels of fitness and ages because you can walk, jog,
run, or sprint vertically at various stride lengths and running speeds.
With a simple positioning of the hands (holding on the side rails), your VersaClimber
becomes a stepping machine to concentrate the work on the lower body. By having a
stair stepper and climber all in one machine, you can change your workouts easily to
keep you motivated and exercising toward your fitness goals.
The following pages will offer some guidelines to gain an understanding of the functions and multiple uses of the VersaClimber. These guidelines are not specific individual exercise prescriptions, but rather, general VersaClimber user information.
Most functions and their operation are applicable to both CL-108H and CL-108HP
Model VersaClimbers. Throughout this manual, references and instructions have been
included for the CL-108HP VersaClimber model with Heart Rate Control.
WARNING:
READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY
Before assembling or exercising on the VersaClimber,
READ THIS ASSEMBLY AND OPERATION MANUAL THOROUGHLY.
Instruct others how to use the machine in accordance with
procedure outlined in this manual.
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Consult your physician before beginning this or any other exercise program. This is
especially important for individuals over the age of 30 and those that have known
health problems. HEART RATE INC., IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR PERSONAL
INJURY OR PROPERTY DAMAGE SUSTAINED BY OR THROUGH THE USE OF
THE VERSACLIMBER.
Because of the very low perception of exertion while climbing, the first time user has a
tendency to climb too fast and take too long of a stroke (step). Until you become
thoroughly familiar with the VersaClimber, it is suggested that the user take short, slow
steps (4-6 inches). Increase the step rate and step length only after you become familiar with this total body climbing and stepping exercise.
DO NOT OVER EXERT YOURSELF! IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THIS
OR ANY OTHER EXERCISE IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY, SHORTNESS
OF BREATH OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT.
Specific user questions should be directed to:
Heart Rate Inc.
3190-E Airport Loop
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
800.237.2271
versaclimber.com • email@heartrateinc.com
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EXERCISE TIPS
1. Consult your physician before starting this or any other exercise program especially
if health problems are known.
2. While exercising, the foot pedals and hand grips are moving up and down. DO NOT
ALLOW YOUNG CHILDREN OR ANYONE TO BE WITHIN 3 FEET OF ANY PART OF
THE MACHINE WHILE IT IS IN USE.
3. Beginners may want to stair step before doing a full body climbing exercise. Please
visit section “Working the upper and lower body separately” page 25.
4. Be sure that your clothing is comfortable and loose fitting so that your range of
motion is not restricted. Loose clothing may get caught in the machine. A comfortable
pair of running shoes is also recommended.
5. Always maintain a good upright posture (back straight, buttocks in, chest out,
stomach in).
6. Climbing can cause you to sweat profusely which is a normal, healthy reaction to
exercise. To avoid dehydration, it is important to maintain/replace body fluids before,
during and after exercising.
7. To lose weight, eat sensibly while maintaining a regular VersaClimbing schedule.
Decrease your calorie intake by avoiding fatty foods and sweets in your diet.
8. Exercising in hot humid weather may be hazardous to your health. During these
days, plan to exercise in the early morning or early evening when it is cooler.
9. By keeping a log of your workout, you can set goals for yourself and your family,
watch your progression and set new goals accordingly. The following is an example
exercise log you may use.
Name
(lbs)
Bob
VERSACLIMBER EXERCISE LOG
Weight
Feet Per
Exercise
Minute
Time
Feet
190
115
30 min
Total
Total Calories
Burned
Comments
3,450
Drink more water
425
10. Always include a warm up and cool down period in your workouts. If you
have selected a PROGRAM MODE or HEART RATE CONTROL MODE, your warm
up will be included in your program. T h e g r a d u a l i n c r e a s e i n t h e i n t e n s i t y o f
y o u r PROGRAMMED workout is based on feet per minute. The HEART RATE
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CONTROL mode of the CL-108HP VersaClimber will guide you through a workout
which slowly increases in intensity until you reach and maintain a specific heart rate. A
5 minute cool down period is recommended in all modes, gradually decreasing your
climb rate and/or lowering the arms by grasping the hand rails. Cool down should be
continued until your heart and breathing rate has been lowered to a near resting heart
rate.
EXERCI SE GUIDELI NES
WARM UP
A proper warm up, before beginning any exercise, will greatly reduce the risk of injury
and increase performance. Stretching the muscles and tendons is often thought of as
“not needed” or “waste of time” but that is not true. Not only is the range of motion of
the joints increased, but also the body temperature and the amount of oxygenated
blood circulated to active muscles is increased. If the muscles have more oxygen, they
can perform better. A ten to fifteen minute warm up is recommended using a variety of
slow stretches. To continue your warm up you may want to hold the handrails of the
VersaClimber and try stair stepping. By holding the hand rails take short chopping
steps no more than 4-6 inches at a rate that is easy and comfortable.
CHOOSING YOUR EXERCISE AND TARGET HEART RATE
Exercise guidelines include the type, intensity, duration, frequency and progression of
physical activity. These five components need to be considered before you begin your
exercise program on the VersaClimber.
TYPE OF EXERCI SE CLI MBIN G
The VersaClimber is a full body, smooth, non-impact climbing exercise that uses most
of the major muscles in the body. The VersaClimb exercise incorporates one of the
most natural activities to which the body can be subjected–vertical climbing. The
VersaClimber incorporates a push/pull motion with the right arm and right leg
approaching each other, while the left arm and left leg separate. As the motion alternates, a simulated vertical running motion is reproduced. Vertical running exercises the
muscles in the arms, chest, shoulders and back of the upper body in addition to the
lower body.
STEPPING
The hand rails transfer the lower half of the total body machine into a stepper.
Stepping concentrates the work on the lower body; the glutes, quadriceps, hamstrings,
shins, and calves. Without any machine adjustments, the user can change exercises
from stepping to climbing by moving the hands from the rails to the moving hand grips.
The VersaClimber utilizes four fundamental exercise modalities: Aerobic and Anaerobic
training for cardiorespiratory improvements. Strength and muscular Endurance for
dynamic health.
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INTENSITY
Based on the general population, the intensity of your workout should be maintained at
70% to 85% of your maximum heart rate unless advised otherwise by your doctor. To
determine your target refer to the HEART RATE TRAINING ZONE chart on page 23.
To calculate your target heart rate take 220 - Age x 70% to 85% = Target Heart Rate.
This value may be changed to within 20 beats of the computers calculated value. After
a maximal heart rate has been entered, the computer will calculate and display your
target heart rate value (80% of the maximum heart rate). Refer to Heart Rate
Monitoring Instructions page 20 -23. It is always important for beginners to exercise at
very low levels and to warm up and cool down no matter at what intensity you begin.
Heart Rate Training Values For Healthy 45 Year Old:
220 - 45 = 175 x 60% = 105 (Beginner Target Heart Rate)
220 - 45 = 175 x 70% = 123 (Intermediate Target Heart Rate)
220 - 45 = 175 x 85% = 149 (Advanced Target Heart Rate)
If perceived exercise is used to establish a work intensity:
–A beginner may want to begin at an intensity which is approximately equal to a
brisk walk.
–An intermediate may want to begin at an intensity which is approximately equal
to a jog.
–An advanced athlete may want to begin at an intensity that is approximately
equal to a run.
The CL-108H VersaClimber model does not have internal heart rate monitoring system
like the CL-108HP models. However, heart rate may be taken manually at any time
before, during and after your workouts by referring to the next section.
TAKING YOUR HEART RATE (MANUAL METHOD)
To take your pulse or heart rate, place two fingers (not thumb) under jaw bone to the
right or left side of the throat. Count the number of beats for 15 seconds and multiply
that number by 4. This number will give your heart rate in beats per minute. You
should check your heart rate periodically during your workout and maintain it in your
target heart rate zone. See Target Heart Rates Page 23. Adjust the intensity of your
workout by increasing or decreasing your rate of climb (feet per minute and step
height) accordingly.
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DURATION
The duration of the workout depends on your level of conditioning and the intensity of the
workout. Normally 15 to 30 minutes continuous climbing or stepping is average, which
includes 5 - 10 minutes of warm up and 5 - 10 minutes of cool down. These periods should
be at a comfortable easy pace. As you become an advanced or elite climber, the duration of
your workout can increase to an hour or more.
FREQUENCY
The frequency of your workout should be 3 to 5 exercise sessions per week, depending on
the capacity of the individual. It may be beneficial to alternate a day of climbing with a day of
rest until you fully adapt to the exercise.
RATE OF PROGRESSION
The rate of progression is determined by the intensity and the duration of your exercise program. The user should be fully adapted to and comfortable with their workout level before
increasing the intensity and duration. While some people may be considered to be in “good
condition” because they are already engaging in an exercise program, it is recommended
that the user climb for at least 3 weeks before progressing to the next level. As a general
rule, adaptation to conditioning takes an additional week for each 10 years of age after the
age of 30.
THOSE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE ANY HEALTH PROBLEMS MUST
HAVE THEIR EXERCISE PROGRAMS MODIFIED AND MONITORED
BY THEIR PHYSICIAN.
As a general rule, a 5% increase in training heart rate every 4-6 weeks is recommended.
Increase your training heart rate until 85% of your maximal heart rate is achieved. The “maintenance” stage of exercise prescription usually begins after the 6 to 9 months of training.
During this “maintenance” stage, the user reaches a plateau of cardiovascular conditioning
and maintains the same workout schedule and level of fitness until a new goal is considered.
108 SPECIFICATIONS
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SPECIFICATIONS
PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS
CL-108H
Height
Required Floor Space
Weight
7 Feet 6 Inches (90 inches)
36 Inches x 44 Inches
63 pounds
Structural
Sliding and Rollings Bearings
Date Processing
Data Display
Battery Powered
Moving Hand Grips
Stationary Handrails
Hand Grip Adjustment
Foot Pedals
Foot Pedal Straps
Foot Pedal Adjustments
Leveling Adjustments
Climb Angle
Vertical Lift Factor
Climb Rate
Step Height/Stroke Length
Body Motion
Minimum Height to Climb
Climber's Weight
Age and Sex
Level of Fitness
Aluminum and Steel
Lubricant Filled Nylon
8bit microcomputer
22digit LCD
Module/9volt
2
2
4.5 increments
2 Aluminum, 5inches x 6 inches
Velcro
3.25 inches
3
FUNCTIONAL FEATURES
75 degrees
96.6 percent
0 feet to Unlimited
0 to 20 inches
Arms and Legs, Legs, Arms
3ft. 6 inches and taller
70-300lbs.
Any
Beginner to Elite Athlete
CL-108HP
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
MODULE FUNCTIONS
Switch
Battery Saver
Exercise Time
Calories Burn Rate
Display Total Calories
Range, Heart Rate Control
Exercise Rate
Program Levels
Total Vertical Feet Climbed
Opponent's Total Vertical Feet Climbed
Step Height/Stroke Length
Instant Replay
On or Off
Turns off in 2 minutes
0 to 99:99 minutes:seconds
0 to 3000 per hour
0 to 9999 calories
N/A
0 to Unlimited feet per minute
1 to 16
0 to 9999 feet
0 to 9999
0 to 20 inches
N/A
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
Max 220 MIN 30
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
SAME
Heart Rate and
Feet per Minute at
one minute intervals
*Specifications may change without prior notice at the sole discretion of the manufacturer.
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Display Module CL-108 H
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USER GUIDE
The display module provides three modes of operation:
STANDARD, PROGRAM, RACE
(The CL-108HP Model provides an additional mode: HEART RATE CONTROL)
A) STANDARD MODE displays exercise time, calorie burn rate, climbing speed, total
distance climbed, and step stroke length.
B) PROGRAM MODE allows the selection of one of 16 pre-programmed workout
routines.
C) RACE MODE provides the ability race against an imaginary computer opponent
for a selected distance and time.
D) HEART RATE CONTROL MODE (CL-108HP ONLY) provides a wireless heart rate
monitoring system to help you control the intensity of the workout.
To test display functions, press and hold the “ON/OFF” function on the key pad. The
alpha-numeric panel should read all zeros (22 digit LCD). Release “ON/OFF” for display to clear.
STANDARD MODE
1. STEPPING ON
(See photo A) Support yourself by holding the stationary hand rails. Always step on
the lower pedal first, applying enough weight to bring it to its lowest position. While
still holding onto the stationary hand rails, step up onto the other pedal and bring the
pedals to an even or level position.
Photo A. Step onto the pedal
with enough weight to bring it
to it's lowest position.
Photo B. Select a hand position
at approximately shoulder
height.
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2. Select a hand position at approximately shoulder height (See Photo B). Adjust the
hand grips if necessary by unscrewing both handles. Unscrew the handles by turning
the bottom of the handle toward you while you are standing on the machine.
Reposition both handles by screwing them in with the rotation of the bottom of the handles going away from you. Tighten so that the handles are secure.
3. Turn the computer "ON " or "OFF " by pressing "ON/OFF " on the key pad. A tone will
sound as the computer turns "ON" and when the machine turns "OFF".
4. The computer will automatically be in the STANDARD MODE indicated by "STD"
shown on the display.
5. To count calories, press "DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES " in the lower left of the keypad. A tone will sound. You may use this function any time before or after starting exercise. On CL-108HP models, the "DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES " function is located in
the upper right hand corner of the key pad.
6. The computer will ask you to "ENTER WEIGHT " in pounds. Enter your weight by
pressing the numbers on the key pad. A tone will sound each time a value is entered.
Weights from 70-300lbs. can be selected. Press "ENTER " If the weight value is too
low, or too high the computer will tone 4 times and the display will read "value too low"
or "value too high". Re-enter a weight that is in the weight range.
7. Press “START EXERCISE " located in the upper right corner of the blue key pad.
(The "START EXERCISE" function on the CL-108HP model is located on the lower left
corner of the blue key pad.) A tone will sound as the "START EXERCISE" button is
pressed. Begin Climbing or begin by stepping only (with hands holding the hand rails).
START SLOWLY!
Take a shallow 4-6 inch step height.
(The average step height of a flight of
stairs is only 7 inches)
Beginner or intermediate climbers,
SHOULD NOT
TAKE A FULL 20 INCH STEP.
This step height is used by Advanced users.
Photo C. Begin climbing or stepping
by taking a short 4-6 inch step.
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PICK A PACE YOU CAN MAINTAIN FOR
A MINIMUM OF 15 MINUTES.
8. The following is an example of the CL-108H "STANDARD" readout: (On the CL108HP, models, the "HEART RATE" function in the upper middle window of the display
has replaced the "CALORIES BURN RATE" function)
8:34
Total vertical feet climbed
during work out.
65
407
512
7
Averages your vertical
feet climbed per minute.
How high you are
stepping “stroke height”.
WARNING:
To maintain a shock and trauma free motion, do not under any
circumstances hit the foot pedals on the limit stops on the
bottom of the machine.
9. Your calorie burn rate is displayed in the upper middle digits. The rate is dependent
upon weight entered and the rate at which you are climbing. (For CL-108HP model
only, the middle upper "CALORIE BURN RATE" readout has been replaced with
"HEART RATE"). It is based in per hour figures and will display from 1 to 999 calories
burned. For calorie burn rates over 1,000, only the last three digits will be displayed.
For example, if you are burning 1,123 calories per hour, your calorie burn rate will be
displayed at 123.
10. To get an average of your stroke length and feet per minute, press "DISPLAY
AVERAGES ". A tone will sound as these values are flashed on the lower window of
the display. "DISPLAY AVERAGES " may be viewed in any mode and will appear for 2
seconds and then return to the previous values displayed.
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11. TO CHANGE MODES DURING A WORKOUT, YOU MUST FIRST STOP CLIMBING
OR STEPPING FOR A FEW SECONDS. Then select another mode and enter the
appropriate data.
12. Record your total vertical distance climbed or stepped and total exercise time to use
as a goal for your next workout. See VersaClimber Exercise Log example, Page 3
13. If you should forget to turn the machine off, or if you stop exercising for two minutes, one tone will sound and the computer will automatically shut off. All data will be
cleared from the display.
14. If the proper “key in” sequence causes the computer to “lock” or “freeze” and data
cannot be entered or changed, remove the battery from the back of the module
momentarily. Put the battery back in the module and continue.
Note: If you should make an error while entering data, press “CLEAR” and the latest
numbers entered into the system will be erased. Re-enter correct data and continue.
PROGRAM MODE
1. To choose a program level that is appropriate for your fitness, you must first workout
in the “STANDARD” mode to determine an average speed (feet per minute) that is
comfortable. If you press “DISPLAY TOTAL AVERAGES” after your work out, an average of your total feet per minute will be displayed. When first selecting a program level,
your average feet per minute should be used as a guideline. You may find that the
program you have chosen is too easy or too difficult and therefore you must select
your program level accordingly.
Example:
If your average feet per minute, at the end of a workout, in the “STANDARD” mode
was 60, your program selection would be #7 on the Program Level Chart on page 18.
By looking in the AVERAGE column, 60 is closest to the figure 62 feet per minute.
Follow that number to the top of the chart to find the program level, which in this example is #7. After a program level has been selected, the computer will the ask you for
the length of time you wish to workout. A gradual warm up will be included in each program.
5. Press “ENTER PERSONAL INFO”. A tone will sound.
6. The display will ask you to enter “LENGTH OF TIME” in minutes you wish to workout. Enter minutes by pressing large numbers on the key pad. A tone will sound each
time a number is selected. If you wish to workout for 30 minutes simply enter 3 and 0
and press “ENTER”. You may enter a workout time from 1 to 99:00 minutes into the
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computer. After completing a workout for more than 99:00 minutes (1hour and 39 minutes) you must turn the machine off and then back on and then reprogram the computer for additional minutes.
7. The display will ask you to enter a “PROGRAM LEVEL” from 1 to 16. A tone will
sound as the program level is selected. Choose a pre-programmed workout level that
is appropriate for your level of fitness. See PROGRAM LEVEL CHART page 18. Press
“ENTER”. If a value entered is too high, the computer will tone four times and the display will read “value too high”.
8. Press “START EXERCISE ” located in the upper right corner of the blue key pad.
(The “START EXERCISE” function on the CL-108HP model is located in the lower left
of the keypad.) A tone will sound as “START EXERCISE ” is pressed.
9. Below is an example of the CL-108H “PROGRAM ” readout:
(On the CL- 108HP model, the “HEART RATE” function in the upper middle window
of the display has replaced the “CALORIE BURN RATE ” function).
Program
8:34
PROG
512
65
407
8
7
Your actual Vertical
Feet per minute.
M ATCH
60
Match or exceed your
opponents Vertical Feet.
OBJECTIVE: Is to have your actual “FEET/MINUTE” displayed in the upper right hand
corner match or exceed the “GOAL PROGRAM LEVEL” located directly below.
To Match or exceed your “OPPONENTS VERTICAL FEET” you can: increase your
speed while maintaining a fixed stroke length or maintain a fixed speed while increasing your stroke length or increase your speed and your stroke length simultaneously.
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DO NOT OVER EXERT YOURSELF! IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THIS
OR ANY OTHER EXERCISE IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY, SHORTNESS
OF BREATH OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT.
10. Your calorie burn rate is displayed in the upper middle digits. This rate is dependent
upon weight entered and the rate at which you are climbing. (For CL-108HP models
only, the middle upper “CALORIE BURN RATE” readout has been replaced with
HEART RATE”) It is based on per hour figures and will display from 1 to 999 calories
burned. For calorie burn rates over a 1,000 only the last three digits will be displayed.
For example, if you are burning 1,123 calories per hour, your calorie burn rate will be
displayed as 123.
11. To display total calories (optional), press “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” located in
the lower left of the display. The computer will ask you to “ENTER WEIGHT” in
pounds. By pressing the large numbers on the key pad, your weight in the range of 70350 lbs can be entered into the computer. Press “ENTER” If the weight entered is to
low, or too high, the computer will tone four times and the display will read “value too
low ” or “value too high ”. To obtain the total number of calories burned while you are
working out, press “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” again. Total calories, up to 999, will
be momentarily displayed on the bottom of the display. The total calories burned will be
displayed for 2 seconds and then revert to the previous values displayed.
12. To get an average of your stroke length and feet per minute press “DISPLAY AVERAGES”. A tone will sound as these values are flashed in the lower window of the display. “DISPLAY AVERAGES” may be viewed in any mode and will appear for 2 seconds and then return to the previous values displayed.
13. TO CHANGE MODES DURING A WORKOUT YOU MUST FIRST STOP CLIMBING
OR STEPPING FOR A FEW SECONDS. Then select another mode and enter the
appropriate data.
14. If you should forget to turn the machine off or if input information to the computer is
interrupted for two minutes, one tone will sound and the computer will automatically
shut off. All data will be cleared from display.
15. If proper “key in” sequence causes the computer to “lock” or “freeze” and data cannot be entered or changed, remove the battery from the back of the module momentarily. Put the battery back into the module and continue.
N O T E : If you should make an error while entering data, press “clear” and the
last numbers entered into the system will be erased. Re-Enter correct data and
continue.
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RACE MODE
1. Press “ON/OFF” to turn computer “ON” or “OFF”. A tone will sound when the computer turns “ON” and when the computer turns “OFF”.
2. Press “RACE MODE ”. A tone will sound as the mode is selected. “RACE” will
appear in the middle of the display to indicate “RACE MODE”. (On CL-108HP Models,
press “CHANGE MODE ” until “RACE” appears in the middle of the display to indicate
“RACE MODE.) A tone will sound each time “CHANGE MODE” is selected.
3. To count calories, press “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” in the lower left corner of the
blue keypad. A tone will sound once. You may use this function any time after starting
exercise. (On CL-108HP models, the “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” function is located
in the upper right hand corner of the keypad.)
4. The computer will ask you to “ENTER WEIGHT” in pounds. Enter your weight by
pressing the large numbers on the display. A tone will sound each time a value is
entered on the keypad. Weights from 70 -- 350 lbs can be selected. Press “ENTER ”. If
the weight value entered is too low, or too high, the computer will tone four times and
the display will read “value too low” or “value too high”.
5. Press “ENTER PERSONAL INFO ”. A tone will sound.
6. The display will ask you to enter “LENGTH OF TIME” in minutes you wish to workout. Enter number of minutes by pressing numbers on key pad. A tone will sound each
time a number is selected. For example, if you wish to workout for 30 minutes, simply
enter 3 and 0 then press “ENTER ”. You may enter a workout time from 1 to 99:00 minutes in the computer. After completing a workout of more than 99:00 minutes (1 hour
and 39 minutes) you must turn the machine “OFF” and then back “ON” and then reprogram the computer for additional minutes.
7. You are asked to enter the “TOTAL VERTICAL FEET” you wish to climb. A tone will
sound each time a number is selected on the keypad. The range of display is 000 to
9,999 feet. A tone will sound as you press “ENTER ”.
8. Press “START EXERCISE ” located in the upper right corner of the blue keypad.
(The “START EXERCISE” function on the CL-108HP models is located in the lower left
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corner of the keypad.) A tone will sound as “START EXERCISE” is pressed. Begin
climbing immediately--as your opponent has begun to race!
9. The following is an example of a CL-108H “RACE” display readout: (The CL-108HP
models have “HEART RATE” in place of the “CALORIE BURN RATE” function).
8:34
65
407
RACE
512
510
MATCH
7
65
DO NOT OVER EXERT YOURSELF! IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THIS
OR ANY OTHER EXERCISE IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY, SHORTNESS
OF BREATH OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT.
OBJECTIVE is to have your “FEET PER MINUTE” pace, match or exceed the “GOAL
PACE TO WIN THE RACE”. By matching or exceeding the “GOAL PACE”, your
“TOTAL VERTICAL FEET” should also equal or be greater than the “OPPONENTS
TOTAL VERTICAL FEET”. To match or exceed your “OPPONENTS VERTICAL FEET”
you can: increase your speed while maintaining a fixed stroke length or maintain a
fixed speed while increasing your stroke length or increase your speed and your stroke
length simultaneously.
10. Your calorie burn rate is displayed in the upper middle digits. This rate is dependent
upon weight entered and the rate at which you are climbing. For CL-108HP models
only, the middle upper “CALORIE BURN RATE” readout has been replaced with
“HEART RATE”. It is based on per hour figures and will display from 1 to 999 calories
burned. For calorie burn rates over 1,000 only the last three digits will be displayed.
For example, if you are burning 1,123 calories per hour, your calorie burn rate will be
displayed as 123.
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11. To display total calories (optional), press “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” located in
the lower left of the keypad. The computer will ask you to “ENTER WEIGHT” in
pounds. By pressing the large numbers on the keypad, your weight in the range of 70 350 lbs can be entered into the computer. If the weight entered is too low or too high,
the computer will tone four times and the display will read “value too low” or “value too
high”. Press “ENTER”. To obtain the total number of calories burned while you are
working out, press “DISPLAY TOTAL CALORIES” again. Total calories, up to 999 will
be momentarily displayed on the bottom line of the display. The total calories burned
will be displayed for 2 seconds and then returned to the previous values selected.
12. To get an average of your stroke length and feet per minute, press “DISPLAY
AVERAGES”. A tone will sound as these values are flashed in the lower window of the
display. “DISPLAY AVERAGES” may be viewed in any mode and will appear for 2
seconds and then return to the previous values selected.
13. TO CHANGE MODE DURING A WORKOUT YOU MUST FIRST STOP CLIMBING
OR STEPPING FOR A FEW SECONDS. Then select another mode and enter the
appropriate data.
14. If you should forget to turn the machine off, or if input information to the computer is
interrupted for two minutes, one tone will sound and the computer will automatically
shut off. All data will be cleared from the display.
15. If improper “key in” sequence causes the computer to “lock” or “freeze” and data
cannot be entered or changed, remove the battery from the back of the module
momentarily. Put the battery back into the module and continue.
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Program Level Chart
PROGRAM NUMBERS
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
FEET PER MINUTE CLIMB RATES
Minutes
0-1
10
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
55
75
95
115
135
155
175
195
1-2
15
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
2-3
20
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
70
90
110
130
150
170
190
210
3-4
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
4-5
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
85
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
5-6
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
6-7
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
90
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
7-8
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
8-9
25
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
85
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
9-10
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
90
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
10-11
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
11-12
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
12-13
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
245
13-14
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
14-15
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
15-16
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
90
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
16-17
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
17-18
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
18-19
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
19-20
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
245
20-21
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
21-22
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
22-23
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
245
23-24
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
24-25
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
80
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
25-26
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
90
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
26-27
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
27-28
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
75
110
130
150
170
190
210
230
250
28-29
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
29-30
30
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
105
125
145
165
185
205
225
245
30-31
35
40
45
50
55
60
65
70
100
120
140
160
180
200
220
240
215
235
FEET
FEET
32
37
42
47
Beginner
AVERAGE FEET PER MINUTE
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52
57
FEET
FEET
62
67
Average
AVERAGE FEET PER MINUTE
95
115
135
155
Advanced
AVERAGE FEET PER MINUTE
175
195
Elite
AVERAGE FEET PER MINUTE
Module Display CL-108 HP
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HEART RATE MONITORING INSTRUCTIONS
A Polar compatible strap is included with the VersaClimber 108HP. Any other Polar
Compatible Heart Beat Transmitter strap will function with Model No. CL-108HP.
Place the Transmitter on the chest just below the breast/pectoral muscles and adjust the
strap so that it is held securely against skin. Moisten the skin and the electrodes on the
transmitter, (ribbed area that goes against the body). If the monitor must be worn over
clothing, select thin cotton material and thoroughly moisten the material under the electrodes.
The strap can be moved up or down, left or right, to find the best transmitting location for
the body. The accuracy, reliability, battery life and warranty are the same as that of the
manufacturer of the strap.
Heart Rate Chest Strap
HEART RATE CONTROL MODE
The HEART RATE CONTROL mode of the VersaClimber will guide you through a workout which slowly increases over 8 to 10 minutes until you reach and maintain your selected heart rate goal. This mode requires the use of the heart rate chest strap featured
above. The chest strap is also required if you wish to read heart rate while in any of the
STD, PROG or RACE modes. After selecting other modes, press “READ HEART RATE”.
1. Set up and wear the chest strap as previously described. Double check that the chest
strap is functioning by stepping onto the Versaclimber, switching the display module to
“ON”, and pressing “READ HEART RATE”. The heart beat symbol should flash and after
a few beats, your heart rate should be displayed in the upper center window if the display.
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2. Press the “CHANGE MODE” button until the letters “HRC” are visible in the display
indicating “HEART RATE CONTROL” mode. A tone will sound each time the mode is
changed. Modes can only be changed while the Versaclimber is stopped.
3. Press “ENTER PERSONAL INFORMATION”. The display will respond with “ENTER
AGE”. Enter your age from 15 to 70 years with the numeric keys and press “ENTER”.
A tone will sound each time the numeric keys and as “ENTER” is pressed. If the age
entered is too low, or too high, the computer will tone four times and the display will
read “value too low” or “value too high”.
4. After your maximum heart rate is entered, the computer will calculate and display
your target value (80% of your maximum heart rate). To accept this value press
“ENTER”. If you wish to exercise at some other heart rate, enter that value with the
numeric keys and press “ENTER” Note: Only values within 20 beats of the computers
calculated values will be accepted. A tone will sound each time the numeric keys and
as “ENTER” is pressed. Beginners, and others who have been advised by their doctor,
should select a training heat rate lower than 80% of their maximum training heart rate.
Refer to the Training Heart Rate Chart on page 23.
5. After your target heart rate is entered, the computer will respond with “ENTER
TIME”. Enter the number of minutes you wish to exercise by pressing the key pad and
press “ENTER”. The first 8 to 10 minutes of the time you enter will be a warm up period. Thus, if you want to be at your target rate for 20 minutes, a workout time of
approximately 30 minutes is recommended. A value of 0:00 to 99:99 minutes may be
entered.
6. Press “START EXERCISE” to start the exercise program. If the chest strap is not
functional the computer will tone three times and (*NO HR ///) will appear in the display. Moisten skin under the strap and or readjust the strap and press “READHEART
RATE”. After a few moments, your heart rate will appear in the upper, center window.
At the lower right of the display, a goal climbing speed in feet per minute will be displayed, your actual feet or “FEET PER MINUTE” will be displayed directly above the
goal. Climb at a speed that causes these two numbers to match. The goal, based on
your heart rate, will be updated every 30 seconds after a tone sounds.
Heart Rate Control
4:34
HRC
247
76
115
150
7
MATCH
75
The CL-108HP example above shows a heart rate of 115 beats per minute after 4 minutes and 34 seconds of exercise. A total of 247 feet has been climbed at a current 7
inch step height. The goal heart rate is 150 beats per minute and the current climb rate
is 76 feet /min. which is close to the goal of 75 feet per minute.
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7. To display total calories (optional), Press “DISPLAY CALORIES” located in the upper
right of the keypad. The computer will ask you to “ENTER WEIGHT” in pounds. By
pressing the large numbers on the keypad, your weight in the range of 70 -- 350 lbs
can be entered into the computer. If the weight entered is too “low”, or too “high”, the
computer will tone four times and the display will read “value too low” or “value too
high” press “ENTER”. To obtain the total number of calories burned while you are
working out, press “DISPLAY CALORIES” again. Total calories up to 999 will be
momentarily displayed on the bottom line of the display. The total calories burned will
be displayed for 2 seconds and then revert to the previous values displayed.
8. To get an average of your stroke length and feet per minute press “DISPLAY AVERAGES”. A tone will sound as these values are flashed in the lower window of the display. “DISPLAY AVERAGES” may be viewed in any mode and will appear for 2 seconds and return to the previous values displayed.
9. TO CHANGE MODES DURING A WORKOUT, YOU MUST FIRST STOP CLIMBING
OR STEPPING FOR A FEW SECONDS. Then select another mode and enter the
appropriate data.
10. After your workout is complete, replay heart rate and feet per minute at one minute
intervals by pressing “INSTANT REPLAY”.
11. If you should forget to turn the machine off, or if computer is interrupted for two
minutes, one tone will sound and the computer will automatically shut off. All data will
be cleared from the display.
12. If improper “key in” sequence causes the computer to “lock” or “freeze” and data
cannot be entered or changed, remove the battery from the back of the module
momentarily. Put the battery back into the module and continue.
NOTE: If you should make an error while entering data, press “CLEAR” and the last
numbers entered into the system will be erased. Enter correct data and continue.
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OXYGEN CONSUMPTION
MLS/LB = 0.1336 (Feet Per Minute Climb Rate) + 3.1219
MLS/LB
MIN
22
20
18
16
14
12
10
50
60
70
80
90
100
110
120
Climb Rate
130
140
TRAINING HEART RATES
1. Find your age at the bottom of the chart.
2. Beginners follow the column to 70% of your maximum heart rate.
3. Advanced follow the column to 85% of your maximum heart rate.
4. Exercise at your appropriate heart rate.
Heart
Rate
Beats
Per
Minute
100%
85%
155
132
70% 109
65
160
136
112
60
165
140
116
55
170
145
T
119
50
175
149
NI
RAI
123
SPEED
Walking
3.0 mph
Swimming
2.0 mph
Running
VersaClimbing
153
NG
126
9.4 mph
7.4 mph
157
E
ZON
45
40
AGE
ACTIVITY
Bicycling
185
180
1.3 mph (115 ft/min.)
130
35
195
190
166
162
137
133
30
25
200
150
FT / MIN
Maximum Heart Rate
170 85% of Maximum Heart
Rate
140
75% of Maximum Heart
Rate
20
CALORIES BURNED IN
30 MINUTES OF EXERCISE
114
192
243
396
420
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VERSACLIMBER CALORIES BURNED PER HOUR CHART
80
90
100
120
130
140
150
160
170
180
190
200
210
220
230
240
Weight
in lbs.
40
50
60
70
80
90
205
238
270
303
335
257
297
338
378
419
231
308
334
359
385
411
267
357
386
416
446
475
436
505
487
565
462
513
539
564
590
616
535
594
624
654
683
713
304
405
439
473
507
540
574
608
642
675
709
743
777
811
340
454
492
530
567
605
643
681
719
757
794
832
870
908
377
503
545
586
628
670
712
754
796
838
880
922
963
1005
100
110
120
130
140
150
160
170
368
400
432
465
497
530
562
595
627
459
500
541
581
622
662
703
743
784
FEET PER MINUTE
414
551
597
643
689
735
781
827
873
919
965
1011
1057
1103
450
600
650
700
750
800
850
900
950
1000
1050
1100
1150
1200
487
649
703
757
811
865
919
973
1027
1081
1135
1189
1243
1297
523
697
756
814
872
930
988
1046
1104
1162
1221
1279
1337
1395
560
746
808
870
933
995
1057
1119
1181
1244
1306
1368
1430
1492
596
795
861
927
994
1060
1126
1192
1258
1325
1391
1457
1523
1590
633
844
914
984
1054
1125
1195
1265
1336
1406
1476
1546
1617
1687
669
893
966
706
942
1019
1041
1098
1190
1255
1115
1264
1338
1413
1487
1562
1636
1710
1785
1176
1333
1411
1491
1491
1647
1725
1803
1882
1. Find your weight in the weight column
2. Find your climbing speed in feet per minute at the top of the chart
3. Read calories burned per hour in table
If your weight exceeds 240 pounds, divide your weight in half and follow the above 3 steps.
Double the calories per hour figure to get your total calorie burn rate based on your climbing
speed (feet per minute) and weight.
For most people losing weight it is often very difficult. It requires discipline in your eating habits
as well as participating in a regular exercise program. The objective to losing weight is to consume less and exercise more, thereby expending calories that would normally be stored in the
body as fat. For example. 3,500 calories equals 1 pound of fat. If you eat 3,500 calories in a
single day and expend 1,750 calories as energy (including walking, exercising, breathing etc.)
you would gain a 1/2 pound of fat. Over a one week period, by consuming 3,500 calories each
day and converting only half the calories into energy, you would gain 3 1/2 pounds. Remember,
to lose weight you need to decrease your calorie intake and increase your physical activity.
Elite athletes often eat thousands of calories each day to maintain their body weight due to
their high and frequent exercise activity.
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STRENGTH EXERCISE DURING AEROBIC CONDITIONING
The following are strength exercises that can be performed during your aerobic workout. To strengthen specific muscles, you can step or climb in a variety of positions to
concentrate the work on those specific areas. Guidelines for lower body strength workouts are outlined in the section “Working The Upper and Lower Body Separately”, next
page.
Upper Body
Strength Exercises
Push and pull with your arms in the forward or
reverse grip position to increase upper body workload.
With your hands in the reverse position
(palms facing towards you), the frontal
muscles of the deltoids and biceps in
addition to the large muscles of the back
are strengthened. Concentrate on pulling
down right, then left, with your latissimus
dorsi (side of back), anterior deltoids
(front of shoulders), and the biceps muscles of the arm. This flexion on one side
of the body while extension on the other
side of the body will tone and trim your
sides, stomach, back, and back of arms.
Both sets of muscle groups, front and
back can also be worked simultaneously
by changing grips from the reverse to the
forward hand grip positions (palms facing
away from you).
WORKING THE UPPER AND LOWER BODY SEPARATELY
The two stationary hand rails can be used to grasp and anchor the upper body while
stepping with the legs only. By holding the hand rails in front of you or to the side of
your body and stepping with the legs only, the buttocks, front and back of the thighs,
calves and shins can achieve a complete lower body aerobic and strength exercise.
Stair stepping is also an effective way for beginners to become familiar with the
Versaclimber. After regular use, the user can graduate to full body climbing. Heart rate
can be increased or decreased during this exercise by increasing or decreasing your
stroke rate (how fast you are stepping) or by increasing or decreasing your stroke
length. This stepping exercise can be performed in any mode of operation.
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For the advanced athlete, a “quad burn” can be achieved by squatting down (while
holding the stationary handgrips) so that the knees are at approximately a 90 degree
angle. With the knees positioned on either side of the Versaclimber, start with short
steps and gradually increase to the maximum comfortable stroke. THE KNEES MUST
STRADDLE THE MACHINE and the arms must be bent to maintain the body weight
within the base of the machine.
Lower body workout. Grasp the
hand rails and step with the legs
only.
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For advanced athlete, a “quad burn”
can be achieved by squatting down and
allowing up to a full 20” step height.
The arms and shoulders can be exercised by standing
on the base plate in front of the Versaclimber and driving the moveable hand grips. Palms can be in the forward or reverse grip. Pull down with one arm and resist
with the other arm, or push and pull with one arm while
resisting with the other arm. During this activity, a full
range of cyclic rates and stroke lengths can be selected
to exercise the upper body only. These isolated exercises can be performed as an interval exercise during your
regular aerobic workout. See Interval Training on next
page.
Upper Body Workout. Stand on the base
plate and push/pull with the arms.
Photo C To develop your calves,
climb on your toes.
Photo D Upper leg work can be
achieved by climbing with the
heel of your foot forward on the
pedal.
Foot Positioning
The position of your foot on the
pedals will allow you to focus the
work on specific muscle groups. To
concentrate the work in your ankles
and calves, climb on your toes.
See photo C. Quad work can be
accentuated by climbing with the
heel of your foot forward on the
pedal. See photo D. The intensity
of the work for the inner legs can
be increased by pointing the toes
inward. Turning the toes outward
will work the outer legs. If tingling
or numbness in the foot occurs,
reposition the foot on the pedal
(forward or back) until you are
comfortable. Also check shoe laces
and toe straps that may be too
tight.
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INTERVAL TRAINING
Interval training is a training method for the athlete who wants an advanced workout to
increase their anaerobic fitness level. The purpose of interval training is to provide periods of very high intensity anaerobic activity, separated by periods of low intensity aerobic recovery. By continuously changing the climber speeds (workloads) during a training session, your heart rate will range between the high and low levels of your target
heart rate zone, thus conditioning the body to high intensity workloads.
The Versaclimber involves exercising the entire body simultaneously and therefore
you should workout for at least 6 to 8 weeks at an aerobic pace before attempting
interval training. Once you are comfortable with an aerobic workout of at least 30 minutes long you can begin interval workouts.
Interval training on the Versaclimber is achieved by the repetition of sprinting, resting,
and sprinting. By increasing the speed and the stroke length of each step, the cardiovascular system becomes accustomed to extremely strenuous exercise and recovery
to a steady state. An example would be running a hill and then returning to the bottom,
walking and breathing deeply. At first, the work intervals should consist of short sprints
(3-5 seconds) followed by a long recovery period. To recover, a short 4-6 inch step
height is taken at a greatly reduced climbing speed, while breathing deeply. The recovery period should last as long as it takes for your heart rate to return to its lowest target range. As you become better conditioned, the working interval time should be
increased, while the recovery time between each work interval will become shorter and
shorter. These achievements indicate an improvement in cardiovascular recovery conditioning.
Remember to always warm-up for a minimum of 10-15 minutes on the Versaclimber
before beginning interval workouts. It is also very important to continue climbing during
recovery periods and to gradual cool down 5-10 minutes after your workout.
EXAMPLE Interval Workout for 150 LBS., 25 Year Old Healthy Male, Using 65% of
Maximum Heart Rate As Recovery Heart Rate. 220 - 25 = MHR x 65% = 127
0 - 15 MIN
AGE
Maximum Heart Rate
Warm up to heart rate of 127 beats per min. (bpm) minimum.
15 - 20 MIN
Perform 3-5 sec. sprints. Allow heart rate to return to 127
after every sprint.
20 - 25 MIN
Maintain heart rate of 127
25 - 30 MIN
Perform 3-5 second sprints. Allow heart rate to return to 127
after every sprint.
30 - 35 MIN
Cool down to heart rate of 127
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VERSACLIMBING AND CHILDREN
CHILDREN ON THE VERSACLIMBER MUST BE SUPERVISED AT ALL TIMES
DURING THEIR WORKOUT. THE VERSACLIMBER IS NOT A TOY. SERIOUS PERSONAL INJURY OR DAMAGE TO THE EQUIPMENT MAY OCCUR IF THE VERSACLIMBER IS NOT USED PROPERLY.
WARNING: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE TWO PEOPLE ALLOWED ON THE
VERSACLIMBER AT THE SAME TIME!
Under proper adult supervision, children can quickly learn a full range of fun and
challenging exercises on the VersaClimber.The vertically adjustable pedals allow children as tall as 3 feet 6 inches to easily see the display module, grasp the moving
hand grips and/or stationary hand rails to perform a full body climbing or lower body
stepping exercise. Children from the approximate age of ten through active adult
years can walk, jog, run or sprint vertically by taking steps from 4” to 20”. The intensity of the workout can also be regulated by increasing or decreasing the rate of the
climb from the workload of a slow walk to an all out sprint. Body weights may vary
from sixty to three hundred and fifty pounds. For foot pedal adjustment, See
Versaclimber Assembly Instructions Page 32.
VERSACLIMBING AND THE MATURE ADULT
There exists large differences between the physical capabilities of older adults and it
is important to always “listen to your body”. If you feel dizzy, faint, chest pain, shortness of breath or any other physical discomfort, stop climbing immediately. Since
older adults may suffer from one or more chronic diseases, or disabilities, the appropriate modifications should be applied to reduce the intensity of the exercise. An
increase in the range of joint motion, flexibility, coordination, balance, strength and
functional capacity can result with regular exercise program on the VersaClimber. It Is
recommended that older adults start off slowly, in the “STANDARD” mode taking a 4
to 6 inch step at a pace that is comfortable and easy. The “PROGRAM” mode provides 16 preprogrammed workout levels to follow and regulate your workouts. It is
recommended that you learn and use the heart rate control option on the CL-108HP
model VersaClimbers. Heart rate is the best indicator for workout intensity and older
adults especially need to control and modify their workouts based on heart rate. It is
also recommended that beginners should climb or step 3 times a week at a duration
of approximately 15-20 minutes. The frequency, duration and intensity of your workouts can be increased gradually to 4 or 5 times per week, and up to 30 minutes,
depending on the individual.
WARNING:
It is imperative that you consult your physician
Before engaging in any exercise program.
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VERSACLIMBER AND THE OVERWEIGHT PERSON
The VersaClimber can be comfortably used by individuals who are considered overweight (over 30% body fat) without the impact trauma of aerobic dance and running
exercises. Hip, knee, ankle, and back problems can be avoided by climbing on the
VersaClimber because it provides a smooth, no pounding, safe exercise that is not
traumatic to the joints. An exercise guideline for those who are overweight is a low
intensity workout for 5-10 minutes at about 60% of your target heart rate. Gradually
increase your target heart rate at a rate of 5% every 6 to 8 weeks until your maximal
target heart rate is achieved. See “TARGET HEART RATE CHART” page 23. Start
slow, and gradually increase the intensity and workout time only after you feel completely comfortable with the level you are at.
DO NOT OVER EXERT YOURSELF! IMMEDIATELY DISCONTINUE THIS
OR ANY OTHER EXERCISE IF YOU FEEL FAINT, DIZZY, SHORTNESS
OF BREATH OR ANY OTHER PHYSICAL DISCOMFORT.
These Exercise Guidelines have been prepared as a general information guide for
using the VersaClimber. It is not a prescription for exercise. Always use prudent
judgement when exercising on the VersaClimber. Or any other exercise equipment.
CAUTION:
DO NOT LEAN BACK OR STRAIGHTEN THE ARMS BECAUSE THE MACHINE
MAY BECOME UNSTABLE AND TIP OVER.
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GET MOTIVATED!
VersaClimbing can be enjoyed by all members of the family from children to mature
adults. When used correctly, it is a safe, fun activity that people often get “hooked on”.
The exhilarating feeling after this full body workout can actually make you look forward
to your next workout, almost immediately!
Encouragement in the form of family competitions may be needed for fitness goals to
be achieved. For example, you may want to do a weekly contest to see who can climb
the farthest (total vertical feet), the longest (maximum minutes climbed), total calories
burned, weight loss, etc. Using your VersaClimber regularly is the key to looking and
feeling your best.
CAN YOU TOP THESE TOWERS
Washington Monument
Space Needle
Tokyo Tower
Centre Point Tower
Empire State Building
Sears Tower
Moscow Tower
CN Tower
Washington D.C.
Seattle, Washington
Tokyo, Japan
Sydney, Australia
New York, New York
Chicago, Illinois
Moscow, Russia
Toronto, Canada
555 feet
600 feet
820 feet
1,000 feet
1,040 feet
1,454 feet
1,761 feet
1,815 feet
Record the time it takes to climb these towers and work towards climbing them faster.
When you can climb these towers with ease, Tackle these mountains! These mountainous goals may be achieved in stages by recording your distance each time you workout ie; Day 1, Day 2, Day 3,etc. Add your total distance to the previous days workout
distance. Challenge the whole family by climbing to the top of mountains that you
can identify the height of in your local area!
Mount
Mount
Mount
Mount
Cook
Fuji
Kenya
Everest
New Zealand
Japan
Africa
Himalayas
12,353
12,392
17,063
29,039
feet
feet
feet
feet
Compare your running time capabilities to your climbing capabilities. An example would
be to run the length of a football field (300 feet) and record your time. Climb 300 feet
and record the time. You will notice that you can run a specific distance 3 to 5 times
faster than you can climb. Although your climbing speed may be reduced, using both
arms and legs to climb vertically against gravity is more work intensive than
exercising the arms only or legs only. Your total body, VersaClimber workout incorporates more major muscles, providing increased cardiovascular, toning and weight loss
benefits.
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VERSACLIMBER ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AFTER YOU HAVE THOROUGHLY READ THE
ASSEMBLY INSTRUCTIONS, CALL 714-850-9716 EXT.226 AND ASK FOR SERVICE.
Your VersaClimber comes partially assembled. Please read these assembly instructions thoroughly before setting up your VersaClimber. Clear an area away from any
objects that might restrict your motion while setting up. A FLAT, LEVEL, NON-SLIP
SURFACE IS NECESSARY TO ENSURE ITS STABILITY. It is suggested, for safety
reasons, that two able body persons assemble the machine.
TOOLS REQUIRED FOR ASSEMBLY
(One)
(Two)
(Two)
(One)
3/16” hex key wrench (provided)
1/2” open end or socket wrench *
9/16” open end or socket wrench *
3/4” open end wrench *
*Adjustable crescent wrenches can be used in place of open end wrenches.
3/16” Hex Key (Allen) Wrench
9/16” Open End Wrench
1/2” Open End Wrench
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Adjustable Wrench
1. Assemble the base plate to the post.
Using a 1/2” wrench, attach base
plate (26) to post (2) as shown.
Use two flat head screws (25) and two
lock nuts (23) found on the post.
Tighten all nuts securely.
Lay the post on the floor with the large VersaClimber
label facing up. Join base plate to post.
2. With the VersaClimber laying on the
floor, tightly secure base plate to post.
Attach base plate to post.
3. Preassemble the left side and the
right side hand rails. Each hand rail
consists of one straight (13) and one
curved section (11,12). By hand,
screw the two straight hand rail sections into the two curved handrail
sections and tighten securely.
Screw hand rails together.
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4. Attach the straight section of the
hand rail to the base plate (26), using
the flat head screw; tighten with 3/16”
hex wrench (provided).
Secure rails to base plate using 3/16” hex or Allen
wrench.
5. Attach assembled hand rail to the
receiving end on the post. Tighten
(bolt 47, nut 48) together.
Slip top of hand rail into post, Tighten bolt.
6. Assemble the brace (16) to the floor
tie (22) by screwing adjusting bolt into
the brace. Screw the adjusting bolt in
about halfway.
Assemble brace and floor tie together.
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7. Assemble the brace (16) and tie
(22) to the post (7) as shown here.
This requires two people. Hold the
post upright so that the base plate
(26) is on the floor, then attach the top
of the brace (16) with bolt (15) and
locknut (14).
With another person holding at a slight angle, assemble
the brace and tie to the post.
8. Attach the tie (22) with locknut (15)
to the bottom of the post. Tighten
securely.
9. Position the machine on a solid flat
surface. Do not place the machine on
a plastic sheet, throw rug or anything
that may cause the machine to slip
when in use.
Attach the tie with locknut to the bottom of the post.
Tighten securely.
10. When you select a location for your
machine, be sure that there is enough
space around the machine for free
movement of your arms and legs.
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Three holes have been machined into the moving foot pedal bar (35). This allows the
foot pedals to be positioned at a higher level, providing both visibility to the display
module and handle grips access for children as short as 3’6” tall. See VersaClimbing
and Children page 29. The end of the left pedal shaft (20) is marked with an “L” and
must go into the left side of the machine. All threaded holes on the left side of the
machine are right handed threads.
11. Screw the left & right pedal shaft into one
of the three foot pedal holes. (NOTE: left side
pedal tightens clockwise; right foot pedal tightens counter-clockwise) TIGHTEN FOOT
PEDAL SECURELY WITH 3/4” WRENCH.
Screw the foot pedal into one of the three foot
pedal holes.
12. Screw the left & right hand grips into
upper shaft holes. (NOTE: left side grip tightens clockwise; right hand grip tightens counter-clockwise). Hand tighten grips.
Screw right side hand grip counter clockwise to
tighten.
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13. Adjust screw (24) at the bottom of the angle
brace (16) up or down until blase plate lays flat
on the surface on which it is placed. Then rotate
the two levelers (54) located on the base plate to
level the machine right to left. If the machine is
placed on a deep pile carpet, it may be necessary to readjust the two leveling knobs after two
or three days of use.
14. Be sure that all assembly steps have been
accurately and thoroughly completed. Be extra
careful to ensure that all the nuts are tight and
that the foot pedals and hand rails are securely in
place.
Rotate leveling knob up or down until
blase plate lays flat on the surface on
which it is placed.
Place the display console (Module) on
the machine in contact with the velcro
strips.
Note: There are three handle and foot pedal locations. For adults, screw the foot pedals into the
lower holes and the hand grips into the holes that
locate the hand grips at about shoulder height.
The foot pedal can also be raised to a higher hole
locations for shorter adults or children. Be sure to
tighten the foot pedals securely with a wrench
every time that they are installed.
15. Insert the display control connector on end of
coil cord into the connector on the top of the post.
The male connector on the coiled cord has a
guide rib that must line up with the female connector on the machine prior to insertion.
While standing on the pedals in the
level position, the console (Module)
should be at about eye level.
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BATTERY
A nine volt alkaline battery that have been provided for the CL-108H & HP models are
non-rechargeable. It has a life expectancy of about 60 hours and can be purchased at
any store that sells batteries. A nine volt “nicad” rechargeable battery can also be purchased. A rechargeable battery pack (recharger and battery) can be purchased from
your local battery store or from Heart Rate, Inc. and is normally good for 300-400
recharges. A recharged battery has a life of about 20-30 hours.
If you are climbing and the computer indicates a “LOW BATTERY ”, you have about 1/2
hour of battery time remaining. Your battery will need to be replaced or recharged
before your next workout.
If improper “key in” sequence causes the computer to “lock” or “freeze” and data cannot be entered or changed, remove the battery from the back of the module momentarily. Put the battery back into the module and continue.
ROUTINE MAINTENANCE
(Please refer to exploded view on Pages 41,42,43 for specific part location.)
The VersaClimber consists of a main frame post (2) that is made of extruded aluminum. The post has two rectangular slots that run through the full length of the
machine. The post is supported by a base plate (26) and brace (16) and floor tie (22)
that provide support for the machine. Two hand rails (11,12,13) also connect the post
to the base plate.
The post (2) has a pulley (5) at the top and a spring loaded pulley (40) at the bottom.
Two hand grips (10) and (10a) and two foot pedals (18) are part of the carriages (29)
and (38) attached to aircraft cable (36) and (39) that goes around the two pulleys. The
carriages (29) and (38) move up and down inside the post. The two hand grips and
two foot pedals are screwed into the carriages. The carriages also have special
molydisulfide filled nylon rollers (30) and slide bearings (32) to provide a smooth
motion for the carriage. The slide bearings (32) are spring loaded (33) against the
machine to cause an optimum preset climbing resistance.
The calorie burn rate, climbing speed, step length, and total distance climbed are calculated by monitoring the motion of the pulley (5) located at the top of the machine. An
encoder disc (4), attached to the pulley rotated between two optical encoders that are
on the cover (2). The clockwise and counter clockwise rotation of the encoder disc
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provides input to the computer display console (9) and (9A). The computer is held on
the machine by Velcro strips (8) and electronically connected to the cover (2) with a
flexible coiled wire.
The routine maintenance of the VersaClimber is very simple. You can extend the life of
the machine, maintain its appearance and smooth climbing motion by following these
few easy steps.
CLEANLINESS
People that exercise on the VersaClimber will perspire. After every exercise session,
wipe all surfaces clean with a damp cloth. Perspiration has a high salt content and is
corrosive. Routine cleaning will prevent the painted surfaces from rusting or corroding.
LUBRICATION
There are 4 slide and roller bearing units that slide up and down inside of the vertical
post structure to which the handgrips and foot pedals are attached.
The slides (image below) and the inner post surfaces are lubricated at the factory.
When the lubricant on the inner surfaces of the post accumulates dust and/or dries
out, a thick tar like substance can form that causes the machine to feel STICKY which
may increase the resistance to slide freely. When this occurs the machine can be
made to run like brand new by cleaning the inner tracks.
The 1/4” relubing holes
can be found 2 inches
below the roller wheel
2 Inches
Felt lubricating pad
Squirt / Inject
Super Lube
PTFE into
1/4” hole
Exposed slide and roller
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When resistance seems to have increased or movement begins
to feel “sticky”, wipe all upper and lower inner surfaces with
paint thinner to remove dry gummy lubricant build up.
If machine feels “sticky” or resistance increases use paint thinner in
a spray bottle or on a rag to
remove the thick lubricant from the
inner-tracks. Wipe all upper and
lower inner surfaces with paint
thinner to remove dry lubricant.
Move the machine through 20 -30
full cycles (pushing and pulling on
the handles) and clean again.
Then, after all dry sticky lubricant
has been removed, be sure to
wipe down with dry clean rag any
paint thinner residue.
RELUBING
It’s not necessary to relube after the first cleaning. if after the second cleaning, or at
any time thereafter, the slide surfaces become completely dry, relube with 3-In-One
High Performance Spray Lubricant with PTFE.
Note: Do not use petroleum based products such as motor oil for relubing.
Super Lube should be available at your local hardware or auto parts store. If not call
800.253.LUBE or call 800.237.2271 to order it from Heart Rate Inc.
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WARRANTY PARTS
Period starts from date on serial number.
FOR VERSACLIMBER MODEL CL-108H, CL-108HP
Warranty Parts Are Identified Per Item Numbers On Warranty Parts
Drawings (please refer to pages 41-43)
3 YEAR WARRANTY PARTS
DRAWING NO.
1
3
4
10 - Shaft
10A - Shaft
11
12
13
14
15
16
19
22
23
24
24A
25
26
27
28
31
33
34
34A
35
35A
41
42
43
47
48
50
54
55
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ITEM NO
00089
00091
060-01-009
101-00-006
101-00-007
060-09-001
060-09-002
060-09-003
00076
00039
060-01-002
00031
060-01-003
00081
00001
00083
00078
060-21-002
00079
00111
00008
00082
060-28-001
060-29-001
060-30-002
060-31-002
060-27-001
00072
00071
00099
00081
00097
00105
00106
PART DESCRIPTION
Screw #6 - 32 x 3/8
Washer, .375 OD. .065 thick
Encoder Disc
Handle Shaft L-side
Handle Shaft R-side
L-Hand Curved Rail
R-Hand Curved Rail
Straight Rail
Screw, 3/8 - 16 x 1 3/4
Nut, 3/8 -16 Lock
Brace Assembly
Snap Ring
Tie Assembly
Nut, 5/16 - 18 Lock
Nut, 3/8 - 16 Lock
Bolt, 3/8 -16 x 2 1/2
Screw, Hex Head 5/16 - 18 x 3/4
Base Plate Assembly
Screw, FL. HD. 5/16 - 18 x 3/4
Soc. HD Screw, 1/4 - 20 x 7/8
Retaining Ring
Spring
R.H. Top Bar
L.H. Top Bar
R.H. Bottom Bar
L.H. Bottom Bar
Clevis
Cotter Pin
Clevis Pin
Screw, HX. HD. 5/16 - 18 x 1 3/4 Blk. Zinc
Nut, 5/16 - 18 Lock Blk. Zinc
Screw, FL. HD. Soc 5/16 - 18 x 1 1/2
Knob, Base Plate Leveler
Pad, Baseplate Leveler
2 YEAR WARRANTY PARTS
ITEM NO
6
7 - 108 Models
7A - 1075 Models
17
18
20
20A
30
32
37 -108 Models
37A - 1075 Models
39
40
44
PART NO.
060-01006
060-22-000
065-04-000
060-21-005
060-04-002
060-05-001
060-04-001
003-00-005
003-00-009
060-25-000
065-05-001
060-26-000
00070
00073
PART DESCRIPTION
Shaft, Pulley
Post
Post
Label, Consumer (Blue)
Pedal
Pedal Shaft, Left
Pedal Shaft, Right
Roller
Slide
Intermediary Cable Assembly
Intermediary Cable Assembly
Bottom Cable Assembly
Pulley, Bottom
Spring
1 YEAR WARRANTY PARTS
DRAWING NO.
2
5
8
9 - H Module
9A - HP Module
10 - Grip
10A - Grip
21
36
45
49
50
51
52
66
PART NO.
062-02-000
060-21-001
060-21-003
061-02-000
064-01-000
30009
30009
008-00-007
060-24-000
061-00-001
008-03-000
00108
00171
00173
109-04-002
109-04-002
109-04-001
PART DESCRIPTION
Encoder PCB Assembly
Triple Sheave Top Pulley
Velcro, Loop 1” x 30”
Module Assembly, Regular
Module Assembly, Heart Rate
Grip
Grip
Connector, Pedal Strap
Top Cable Assembly
Velcro Disc
Single Foot Strap
Screw, 1/2 - 13 x 1 1/2
Rubber Sleeve
Rubber Bumper
Transmitter (only)
Elastic Strap (only)
Heart Rate Monitor Strap
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VERSACLIMBER 108H & 108HP
THREE YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY
1. Heart Rate, Inc. (H.R.I.) warrants to the original purchaser that Institutional VersaClimbers are free
from defects in material and workmanship under normal use and maintenance under a three year limited
warranty subject to the terms and conditions Hereafter set forth. Except for the above warranty, it is
expressly agreed that NO WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR
PURPOSE or of a particular use nor any warranty of any kind whatsoever express, implied or statutory
is made by Heart Rate Inc.(HRI)
2. This warranty does not cover any damage caused by misuse, tampering, negligence, accidents,
abnormal conditions, lack of adequate maintenance or unauthorized service or alterations to the product.
3. Liability of H.R.I. is limited to either repair or replacement of the defective part or the replacement of
the machine at the option of H.R.I. on an exchange basis, with the customer bearing all costs of shipping and handling to and from the factory.
4. Length of Warranty, Parts
ITEM
FRAME, HAND RAILS, BASE PLATE
HANDLES
FOOT PEDALS
ROLLERS AND SLIDES
DISPLAY ELECTRONICS
ELECTRONICS
HAND GRIPS
FOOT PEDAL STRAPS
PARTS REPLACEMENT
3 YEARS
3 YEARS
2 YEARS
2 YEARS
1 YEAR
1 YEAR
1 YEAR
1 YEAR
5. During the first year, all labor is covered by the warranty. All labor repairs will be performed at the
factory on warranty and non-warranty parts.
6. This warranty does not cover paint deterioration, discoloration, chipping or rust.
7. After all of the foregoing conditions have been complied with, if H.R.I. shall thereupon attempt repairs
and /or replacements which shall for any reason fail, H.R.I.ʼs shall be allowed to continue to attempt to
remedy any defects for so long a period of time as, In H.R.I. sole judgement, such attempt is justified.
8. The foregoing shall be buyerʼs sole and exclusive remedy, whether based on or otherwise, and H.R.I.
shall not be liable for any injuries to persons or property. In no event shall H.R.I. be liable for incidental
or consequential damages to commercial losses, nor for any other loss or damages except as above set
forth.
9. This warranty is expressly in lieu of all other warranties, express or implied, and of all other obligations or liability on the part of H.R.I. No person, firm or corporation is authorized to assume any other
liability on behalf of H.R.I.
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VERSACLIMBER WARRANTY VALIDATION FORM
(MODEL CL-108H and CL-108HP)
To validate your Warranty Registration, please fill out the following form and return it to
Heart Rate, Inc.
VersaClimber Model Number:______________________________________________
Machine Serial Number:__________________________________________________
Name:________________________________________________________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
City:_______________________________State:_____________Zip:______________
Phone Number: (_____)__________________________________________________
Email:___________________________Fax: (____)____________________________
Purchase Date:_______________________From HRI [ ] Dealer [ ] Other [ ]
Dealer Name :__________________________________________________________
Dealer Address:_________________________________________________________
City_________________________State_________________Zip__________________
I first saw/heard about the VersaClimber?____________________________________
Friends who may be interested in owning a VersaClimber:
Name:________________________________________________________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
City______________________________State______________Zip________________
Phone:__________________________________
Name:________________________________________________________________
Address:______________________________________________________________
City______________________________State______________Zip________________
Phone:__________________________________
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A trusted name in fitness for nearly 30 years. Proudly made in USA since 1981.
To learn more about other great VersaClimber accessories and options to enhance
your workout, please visit us on line at www.versaclimber.com or call our toll free
number at 1.800.237.2271 for more details.
VersaClimber, 3190-E, Airport Loop, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 • Toll free: 1.800. 237.2271
Tel: 714.850.9716 Fax: 714.755.5749 Email: email@heartrateinc.com Visit us online at www.versaclimber.com
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