Recognizing that no equipment had brought climbing indoor—as well as understanding the tremendous value of total-body exercise in comparison to workouts such as running and cycling—Dick Charnitski created the first VersaClimber in his own garage, in 1981. Later heart rate monitoring was incorporated into the VersaClimber, making it the first commercial exercise machine that used heart rate as a speedometer of exercise. Nothing like it existed anywhere, and since its debut, VersaClimber has been the No. 1 total-body vertical trainer. A time line that spans nearly 30 years.
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