So you know I love to run…right? 😉
But when I’m at the gym, the treadmill looks like a torture device. I’d much rather see scenery passing me by than stare at a TV screen. So when I’m there, I will either choose the elliptical or stairclimber (not a fan of the elliptical either – try pedaling backward for certain intervals!)
Stair climbing is a great workout modality, especially for runners.
BENEFITS OF STAIRCLIMBING FOR RUNNERS:
- It helps to build the glutes and hamstrings – muscles that can easily be neglected by runners
- It can have similar benefits to plyometrics without the increased impact
- Depending on the speed you set the stair climber or run the stairs, you can mimic a speed workout
- You can increase range of motion (think taking them two at a time)
Interested in incorporating stairs into your training plan now or just looking for a quick yet effective workout to add to your routine? Head to your local set of stairs – high school bleachers and local parks are a good place to check. You’ll want to find a series of stairs that takes you at least 15 to 30 seconds to run up. Below you’ll see that the each stair set is for 1 minute intervals, therefore if your stair set is only long enough to allow you to complete it in 15 seconds, jog or walk down then complete the same stair set 1 or 2 more times to complete the timeframe.
Be sure to cool down for a few minutes by slow jogging or walking, plus plenty of stretching!
What is one of your favorite cardio workouts? Have you tried any new workouts lately?
**always consult your doctor before starting any new workout routine