Well, this will get your heart pumping and test your leg strength. It may also have you questioning your sanity and sweat capacity.
For starters, did you know it was National Take the Stairs Day on Wednesday?
I'm also a runner, and most runners know the benefits of running on hills as part of training. I always say that "stairs are like hills on steroids" due to the (somewhat) steep incline. I have also done some plyometrics (jump training) in the past. So, why not combine the two?
I give you my very own Plyo-Infused Stair Workout:
**10 flights of stairs (single-stepped)
**5 flights of "jumping jack" climbs (alternating your feet together and apart) as you make your way, via jumping, to the top
**10 flights of stairs (double-stepped)
**5 flights of stairs (triple-stepped)
I did three sets of the circuit, which netted me 15 total burpees, 30 total push-ups and 90 total flights of stairs. Not one to end with an "oddball" number (90???), I added an additional 10 flights of stairs (single-stepped) as a pseudo cool-down. Whew! This took me about 30 minutes. My legs were toast when I was done and my headband needed changing. But I felt like a total badazz.
What ya say? Care to give it a try?
If you're interested in more stair workouts, check out my #NotJustARunner Workouts page (HERE).
What is your favorite form of cross-training? Have you done any stair-training? Did you celebrate National Take the Stairs Day?