It is a reality that a lot of people are averse to stairs to a certain extent. I can totally understand why. Lifting your whole bodyweight with just a few groups of muscles can be hard work. If you live in a major city, you will realise that people at malls or train stations usually don’t use the stairs unless it is peak hour.
Climbing the stairs does test your fitness level and stamina. Even though I am fairly fit, climbing up ten flights of stairs will get me panting. But that also means that it is effective. That is why I have written whole sections on stair climbing as a form of cardio in two of my books – the Lifelong Fitness Blueprint and the Traveller’s Fitness Bible.
When it comes to working out your glutes, hamstrings, calves, stair climbing is definitely one of the most effective workouts you can do. In my opinion, it can be as good as a treadmill, exercise bike or elliptical workout, as long as you do it at a high enough intensity and not slack off.
As such, today I will be presenting you with a workout challenge that only requires you to have access to a stairwell. In all honesty, I can’t take credit for it. The routine here was put together by Fitfluential in conjunction with Reebok.
Walk/Run for one minute
Walk/Run two steps at a time for one minute
Side Step Up and down for one minute, half a minute each
Walk/Run for one minute
Jump two steps at a time for one minute
Rinse and repeat the sequence above!
In my opinion, one of the reasons why this sequence is good is that it appears to be a stair climbing version of high intensity interval training (HIIT), which is known to burn more fat because it forces the heart rate to increase and decrease suddenly.
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Mark is an all-rounded guy with dreams, aspirations, and a desire to be a better version of himself. Having conquered obesity, he set-up Granite Fitness to help regular people get in shape and stay healthy. Mark spends his days helping distressed Uni students through difficult situations. He holds three science degrees and a Diploma of Christian counselling. In his spare time, Mark does freelancing and runs a series of online operations with his business partner Atanas. Connect with Mark @ http://au.linkedin.com/in/marksptan