Back in 2005 I read in the New York Daily News (2/16/05) that New York Yankee All-Star Alex Rodriguez runs stairs at 6AM. I've read about and saw footage of A-RODS off season workout regimens many times and he is absolutely the real deal. The work he puts in shows because he's consistently been one the best players in Major League Baseball. Obviously stairs aren't the only thing A-ROD does to prepare for his profession but if he gets up at 6AM to do them that can only tell me a few things:
1. Doing stairs first thing in the morning will easily have you burning extra body fat the entire day.
2. For even Elite Professional Athletes stairs can be brutal. Even they want to get it over with as soon as possible. When I had the New York Liberty players do stair work they either hated it or loved it. They hated it because it was too hard or they loved it because it gave them the best bang for their buck.
3. A-Rod just understands how effective stairs are and does them first.
For many stairs are actually a big secret and I just don't understand why because it's not a secret among elite pro athletes and celebrities.
Even more amazing is that stairs are a free training tool and most people I know (especially in big cites) have access to stairs at home or at work.
Don't underestimate the efficiency and effectiveness of this extraordinary training tool.
Strength, power, flexibility, supreme conditioning, weight loss, fat loss are all attainable with stairs.
Here's a sample beginner workout to get you started!
Simply start by walking up the stairs.
Yup, you read it right; you can start by simply walking up the stairs.. Once you can climb 20 flights without difficulty, then you are ready to graduate to intermediate levels
Beginners can start by simply walking up the stairs.
For some people, walking up 20 flights of stairs will be difficult at first. If you get tired when climbing up, simply take a breather and rest a minute or two before finishing your climb. Another tip is to use the hand rails to help pull your way up. This is actually a technique I picked up from stair racers. As they go up the stairs they pull themselves up using the handrails. They do this to help save their legs towards the end of the race. This also has the added benefit of working your upper body at the same time.
Once you can walk up 20 flights with no problem, what's next?
The next level is to perform sets of 10-20 flights, but this is where things can get interesting by adding rounds and increasing your stride length (number of steps you climb at a time).
What are waiting for?
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