How Often Should Stair Climbing be Incorporated? | Ask A Trainer | LA Fitness

How Often Should Stair Climbing be Incorporated? | Ask A Trainer | LA Fitness


Welcome back to another episode of ‘Ask A Trainer’, I’m your host, Candice Currie, joined here today with LA Fitness Master Trainer, Stone Thomas. How you doing? So, Stone, today’s question is one I haven’t come across before and it involves the stair climber. So, LA Fitness member, Charles E., asks, “How often should stair climbing be incorporated into an exercise routine?” So, stair climbing is going to be a great way to burn calories. If someone, for example, is doing StairMasters or the stair climbers after their leg workouts, that’s going to be a great way to cool down, especially get all that lactic acid that’s accumulated through the muscle out so that muscle can eventually heal correctly, right? The only downside is it is a resistance form of exercise, so you just want to make sure you’re not overtraining the legs, specifically the joints. So, incorporate different types of cardio. If you’re doing a high-impact cardiovascular exercise after an exercise workout it might be overtraining, so maybe incorporate something like the resistance bike or elliptical where those joints can kind of relax and then just incorporate different forms of it. Got it, OK, that makes sense. Charles actually also wanted to know if there are a certain amount of calories that you should aim to burn during the training that you do on the StairMaster®? OK, so what I tell my clients is to shoot for a step range. If you’re staring at how many calories you’re burning at a given time that can start to get a little tedious. I like to shoot for 1,000 steps, or 1,500 steps, that way they have a goal to push for and they can also up that resistance. So, you’re actually going to increase a little bit more calorie burning that way. Got it, OK. Thank you so much, Stone. Go ahead and send us your fitness related questions to our email and we’ll see you next time.

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