Friday, March 12, 2010

To Climb or Not to Climb...THAT is the Question!

Stair Climbing the ultimate frontier! To bravely go where no man has gone before! These are all just funny saying from movies of past however many people do not realize the benefits of climbing stairs!

Climbing stairs has many benefits that just cannot be matched with running, jogging, skiing, hiking, etc..

This is because you are moving your entire body vertical! Much like mountain racing you are using more muscle mass, more calories are being burned and you are engaging more core muscles then any other sport combined!

Check out some of these other benefits!

Benefits Of StairClimbing

Stair climbing burns about twice as many calories than any other sport or activity.
Because it is a grueling sport, stair climbing requires less time to do the same intensity of a workout. For example, if you run 30 minutes per day, the same workout intensity could be achieved with 15 minutes of stair climbing.

Stair climbing is a total body workout. It makes the arms stronger with the use of the arms pulling you up with the use of the rails (or banister) which is allowed and encouraged.

Stair climbing especially builds muscle mass in the legs, including the quadriceps and calfs.

It is an aerobic sport as it works the cardio-vascular lung package.

Stair climbing becomes an aerobic event after about 10 to 20 flights of stairs as it strains your aerobic capacity to hold an intense load on the cardio-vascular package to the top of a very tall building.

Since Stair Climbing requires you to carry your entire body vertically it requires endurance, muscular strength, and muscular endurance, the entire fitness package.
Stair climbing is excellent for cross-training. Runners, swimmers, cyclists, rowers, soccer (or football), and others find stair climbing to be helpful with its total workout. Cyclists, skiers, and rowers are especially attracted to the muscle mass in the legs which can be developed with stair climbing.

For more information on stair climbing visit our association! or

Till Next Time, keep on steppin!

Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

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