Saturday, April 30, 2011

The StairClimbing Tribe

The sense of belonging....this is what every human being seeks and wants, the feeling of belonging and community. Not only is it a want, it is one of our basic needs as human beings. It is ingrained in our DNA, to belong to a group of individuals.

Since the dawning of the 21st century our need for belonging, acceptance and community have greatly increased. The internet and the tools it brings such as Facebook, twitter and Myspace have allowed individuals to belong to a particular group of individuals and form a community.

A community of people that come together to share a common purpose and to form a community are called Tribes. Tribes have been around for thousands of years, but until now havent been acknowledged for the power that they bring.

Being part of a Tribe helps connect people, builds a sense of trust among members and helps build a strong organization and movement.

Our StairClimbing Meet-up groups are "Tribes of Participants" coming together for one common purpose, to support one another in losing weight and getting healthier using stairclimbing.

Our members have a strong bond with one another because each and every one know that they belong to this tribe.

Each member of the stairclimbing tribe has encouraged, motivated, pushed each other to climb higher and have shared their own unique weight loss and fitness stories. They have broken bread together, cried together and laughed together.

Belonging to this tribe is a fantastic experience that many people will never forget!

We are forming many "StairClimbing Tribes" across Canada and around the world and we are always looking for new tribe members.

Interested? Sign up to become part of this amazing group of individuals!

Regina StairClimbing Tribe

Toronto StairClimbing Tribe

Do you want to start your own StairClimbing Tribe - Then Click here!

Learn more about the Canada StairClimbing Association

Tribe Leader and Founder
Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

How to Build a Better Butt

By Penny Hoff

The hardest body part to reshape is the gluteus maximus, the junk in the trunk, the caboose, patootie, booty, arse, badonkadonk -- whatever you want to call it. The world of behinds is divided into three distinct categories.

The first group has not enough butt, sometimes known as flat butts, also referred to as party platter butts. These are the people you see on America's Funniest Videos in the pants-falling-down category .

A little known side benefit of having some junk in your trunk is that it keeps your pants from falling down. Paula Dean is an excellent example. She is by no definition thin, but(t) her butt could be a serving tray and when she wears spanks she has been known to lose her pants.

The second group has too much butt and this is where the majority of adult women end up. They never lose their drawers. Ever. Instead, their struggle is to get their pants ON.

The third group has never looked back there and has no opinion whatsoever about their own tush. Many men are grouped here. If you fall into this category you can skip the rest of this article and go sit on yours.

Unlike belly fat, which, if you have the bad kind, can be lethal, fanny bulge is just annoying and unhealthy in a more vague and overall unhealthy way. This is due to the anatomical fact that no vital organs are stored in our hiney, although I have known some men who've made me wonder if this is true for all humans.

If you don't like what you've got back there, here's what you can do:

If Your Rump Is Flat:

• Lunges and squats with heavy weights can give the appearance of lift and separation if you have good form. Lift a challengingly heavy weight for your size and work through your heels. By that, I mean keep your weight out of your toes, because you don't want to work the front of your leg.

• Remember the Jane Fonda bridge? Lie on your back, feet under knees and pulse the hips up like 10,000 times. This will directly work the glutes. Add weights and let them rest on your your pelvis as you lift or alternate legs for added challenge.

• Do stair climbing, either on a machine or preferably on real stairs. The major mover in your body when you climb is the glutes.

• If you really yearn for a bubble butt and don't want to work for it (and it is hard work) you can purchase a handy little undergarment called Bubbles Bodywear. which adds some silicone to it's padded panty. Bubbles Bodywear are the Ebony to Spank's Ivory. Uniquely similar in opposite, yet equally important ways. It may sound ridiculous but if those of us with a tummy bulge can spend $40 on Spanks then $30 for a bubble butt sounds like a reasonable investment to those who'd rather have something on their party platter.

If Your Rump Is Too Big:

• Do tons of cardio, preferably running or if not running, jogging. Nothing will more effectively reduce your rear-end size like high-impact cardio. Don't bike a ton of biking or do heavy-weighted squats/lunges. If you do indoor cycling classes, keep your toes angled up and your heels in a dropped position.

• Do LSD workouts. This stands for Long, Slow Distance. Try for a 60 minute walk, vigorous golfing or tennis. Any length of time over 45 minutes will be burning fat stores and if your fat is in your behind then 30 minute workouts aren't gonna cut it.

• There is no such thing as spot reduction. You just have to lose weight. The densest weight stores are around the hips so if you drop the extra pounds, chances are it will go from your trunk.

• If all else fails, wear black.

And finally, if you can't be with the butt you love, Honey, love the butt you're with.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Using the Stairs for Community and Connection

Facebook and Twitter are one of the most used ways in which people have been communicating to each other online now for the past few years. This virtual community allows others to see what is happening in our friends lives and the lives of others.

However are we really connecting with one another? Or are Facebook and Twitter great ways to communicate with one another that is more superficial?

Facebook and Twitter are great tools but as human beings we still look for the visceral experience of connecting with one another in a real life situation. It is in our nature to belong to a real community of people, rather then an online digital world of thousands.

As human beings we want to engage all of our senses to the experience that we are having. I.e - Touch, hearing, seeing and feeling. Emotional connections help bond us together and give a sense of true belonging.

Although Facebook and Twitter are great for communicating to our fellow human beings, they lack the human and emotional connection that we all seek.

What we as human beings want and desire is to be a part of a "tribe" of people all moving in the same direction. We all want to feel part of something that touches us emotionally.

Simply put a tribe is a community of people who all come together for one purpose: To bond with individuals who have similar goals, aspirations, desires and dreams.

Our stairclimbing meet-up groups allow for individuals to connect with each other on an emotional level. There is a real sense of community and belonging in our meet-up groups that you cannot duplicate in the online world of Facebook and Twitter.

Bringing people together to share a higher purpose is really what our stair climbing groups are all about.

Our Meet-up groups allow for people to join a real community of people who together form a tribe. Moreover it allows for people to experience an amazing connection with people that cannot be found online.

Our goal in each StairClimbing Meet-up group is to bring individuals together to share common experiences and to build a sense of community and connection among the tribe.

To join our stairclimbing meet-up groups and belong to an amazing tribe of people please visit our meet-up group website

To start your own stairclimbing tribe in your area please visit our StairClimb Meetup Chapter of Canada Website

For more information on The Canada StairClimbing Association please visit our website

Till next time, Step Strong!

Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The CSCA at the Climb for Wilderness

On April 15th and 16th The Canada StairClimbing Association attended the Alberta Wilderness Association's Climb amd Run for Wilderness. This amazing event features athletes racing up the Calgary Tower in support of Wildlife, wilderness and fitness. The event was very well attended with well over 1,000 participants attending the weekend event!

We had an amazing booth set out in the lobby of the Calgary Tower. Our wonderful administrative support, Andrea was there to greet people at the booth and explain why they should get involved with the Canada StairClimbing Association.

Our founder, Trevor Folgering Participated in the five hour endurance climb during the event. His efforts paid off as he was able to complete 28 laps of the tower breaking the old record of 25 laps and placing him second overall!

In addition to climbing for five hours, the previous day Trevor raced up the tower in 4 minutes and 53 seconds, placing him second overall.

Check out this video of Trevor Folgering in action on the stairs!

We want to thank Alberta Wilderness Association for allowing us to come down and have a booth at this amazing event! We look forward to coming down next year!!!

Step Strong!

Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

Monday, April 18, 2011

Alberta Climb for Wilderness Time Trail Results!

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Tremendous times at the first ever time trial!
Wow, our first ever time trial event was an incredible success! We had 16 fierce competitors tear up the 802 steps of the Calgary Tower setting some truly heart-stopping times. Our winner, Jonathan Heinz, who already holds a few records at the tower climb set another one today as he topped the tower in only four minutes and 27 seconds! Trevor Folgering came a close second with a time of 4:53 and rounding out the top three was the AWA’s very own Nigel Douglas with a time of 5:23.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

2011 Mini Stair-Race Wrap Up

The Annual Mini Stair Race at the Cornwall Center was a huge success and many people came out to race up and down the stairs to test their body and see how many laps they could complete in five minutes!

The event started at 9 am, with the Founder of The Canada StairClimbing Association welcoming everyone and introducing the sport of stairclimbing to the participants.

We had many sponsors who helped make this event possible. Our title sponsor Gold's Gym provided great prizes for the overall winners including a six month membership. Here is Michale Lindenbach, owner of Gold's Gym Regina addressing the crowd:

With the formalities out of the way it was time to rumble on the stairs! After a quick debriefing the race was on!

Participants raced each other on the stairs for five minutes at a time. Tope three winners advanced to the finals which comprised of 25 laps of the stairs!

Check out some of these great photos of the race!

After our 25 lap race off and when everything was said and done there were three finalists!

In third spot we had Linda Emilise receiving a six month membership to Gold's Gym and a body skin care package from Only Green!

In second place we had Andrea Belitski receiving a six month membership to Gold's Gym and a body care package from Only Green!

And our overall winner was Mr. Mark Furlan who received a six month membership to Gold's Gym a Fido Gift Card and a Body Skin Care Package from Only Green!

We want to thank all of our sponsors, participants and everyone who supported us to make this race a reality! Thank you! We will see you next year! We leave you with a video clip of the stair race!

Trevor Folgering
The Canada StairClimbing Association

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Stairway to Fitness

REGINA — Trevor Folgering bounds up a staircase, taking it one, sometimes two, stairs at a time.

While Folgering looks like he is in a hurry, he is not late for anything. He is participating in a sport.

It is a sport you truly have to take one step at a time. Though, for those who enjoy it, each step is one in the right direction.

While the act of climbing up the stairs, even for exercise, is hardly a foreign concept, the actual organized sport of stairclimbing is something much newer in Canada. While it has some popularity in other parts of the world, stairclimbing only started to be officially recognized here in 2009.

"Stairclimbing is such an amazing activity to get involved in, because it allows you to actually work muscles more efficiently than any type of cardiovascular activity," says Folgering, a 31-year-old Regina product who has been involved in stairclimbing since 2006. "In stairclimbing, you're pushing your body vertically all the way up to the top of a tall building or a lot of stairs. You work a lot of different muscles and work your muscles harder. It's a lot more efficient workout."

In 2009, Folgering founded the Canada StairClimbing Association in Toronto, where he was living at the time before later moving back to Regina. The organization is dedicated to "getting as many people fit and healthy using stairs as possible." And when it comes to stairclimbing, Folgering insists there is more to it than just climbing the stairs.

"If you climb with your toes, it could injure your knee, especially if you have a knee problem," says Folgering. "We've developed systems or techniques that actually help you climb stairs more efficiently. The one technique is pushing with the heels of your foot to fire your hamstrings and glutes and put less pressure on your knee. Another technique involves crossing your legs over one another as you climb the stairs."

Right now, the CSCA has stairclimbing groups in Toronto and Regina. In Regina, there is currently one group which meets at the Delta Hotel three times a week. During each session, the group goes up and down the stairs. More experienced athletes do more floors, go faster, and rest for shorter periods of time.

For those who have attended the stairclimbing groups, and worked hard on the technique, the results have been outstanding.

"One of our members started the program about four weeks ago and she had never done any kind of physical activity," said Folgering. "She was extremely intimated by physical activity and I told her to come try stairclimbing. The first time she climbed a total of 15 floors and was hooked. She is now climbing about 64 floors in an hour."

Along with stairclimbing groups, Folgering is trying to get more competitions going. Right now, there are only a select few. In these meets, there are different tiers for people who plan to go up the stairs once, twice, three and four times. The competition gets more intense in the higher tiers. To avoid crowding up the stairwell, racers have chip timers which stick onto their shoelaces. Once the stairclimber crosses the starting mat, the chip timer goes off and it stops once they get to the top. This allows athletes to start at different times.

Regina is hosting a mini-stairclimb run up for local stairclimbers on Sunday at the Cornwall Centre from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. At this meet, eight heats of five athletes will race up and down the stairs for five minutes at time. The top three winners in each group will earn a spot in the finals, where there competitors will go 25 times up and down. To register for the free event, visit

Folgering's ultimate dream for the CSCA is to have stairclimbing groups across Canada. There would be regional stairclimbing tournaments, with the winners advancing to a national championship in Toronto with a possible world championship after that. However, Folgering is taking things slowly.

"It's still a bit too early for nationals," says Folgering. "Right now, we're just trying to get the meet up groups happening and get people involved in stairclimbing. As that grows, we can start introducing more events. I think we could have a national event in 2012."

For some stairclimbers, like 30-year-old Reginan Andrea Belitski who attends Folgering's sessions, stairclimbing will never be about the competition even if more meets are introduced.

"(Stairclimbing) has so many benefits for you without competing in tournaments," says Belitski, who lives in Regina with her husband Kevin, son Ashton, five, and daughter Ayva, three. "I just do it three times a week for recreation. I'm not a very competitive person, so for me it's fun."

After attending a stairclimbing practice, it is not hard to see why Belitski has fun. Even when the group is panting up the stairs, they always joke around and encourage one another.

"We all have a really good rapport," says Belitski. "Most of us have been climbing together since January and we motivate each other. You can come and do the stairs on your own, but it's just not as fun as when you have a big group of people."

To get involved in the sport of stairclimbing, the first step is to attend one of the practice groups. It costs $100 for 20 sessions or $60 per month. For more information, contact Folgering at 543-4598, 1-877-51-CLIMB or To learn more about the CSCA, visit