Stairmaster difficulty level
Ok, so I hopped on the stair master for the first time in months yesterday, determined to conquer this mechanical beast.
I'm proud to say I did 20 minutes on it without stopping! But, here's my question: I selected an interval training program that had little "peaks" and then less strenuous rest periods. The peaks were ****, and I had to scale the whole thing down from level 2 (resting) - 5 (max peak) down to level 1 - 4. The level 4s were still kicking my butt, but I found the level 1s to be not challenging at all.
I know interval training is good, and that having little rests in between pushes lets you get conditioned faster, but I'm wondering if I should ramp up the rest periods to level 2? Right now it feels like I'm going all hardcore at level 3 or 4 and sweating up a storm for 2.5 minutes and then stepping in place for 45 seconds, then going hardcore again. Should I be more challenged on the rest periods too?