Friday, April 20, 2012

Use Of Stairs In A Gym-Free Fitness Program

To most people, a flight of stairs is just THAT - an environmental object that can be used to take you from a lower point to a higher point, or vice versa.

But to a fitness professional and a gym-less training advocate like myself, I like to see beyond the humble usefulness of stairs in our daily lives to something more extraordinary, to something that can be surprisingly and tremendously useful to the average man/woman who wants to lose weight, fight flab, increase speed or agility, or to simply improve overall fitness!

Stair-Training: A Great Form Of Fitness Workout

Frankly, in my personal opinion, I think that stairs training has been greatly over-looked by the Singapore fitness community at large - even by us, the so-called gym-free brigade.

Perhaps it 's due to the fact that stairs are such common place environmental objects that few if any, really pay much attention to them, much less even think of using them as a fitness training tool.

Or perhaps, it's also due to the fact there is a lack of scientific information out there on how to properly conduct stair-based fitness programs.....

Whatever it is, stairs training - if properly harnessed - can indeed be a SUPERB tool to help you hone your physique and accomplish your fitness goals.

As most of my trainees and clients can attest, I have always been a strong advocate and prescriber of stair exercises throughout these years - using them not only to condition athletes, but also sedentary adults, housewives, office executives and even MYSELF....

And the BEST part of it all is: stairs-training is simply just so very convenient!

Just think about it for a moment - STAIRS can be found practically anywhere here in Singapore - from your office buildings, to your private apartments, to outdoor stadiums, to multi-storey car parks, to even HDB flats...... etc

Stairs Can Be Found ANYWHERE - Such As A Public Stadium

So, there is simply NO excuses as to why one shouldn't utilize stairs as a fitness tool.

Also, stair-training need not be all boring and one-dimensional as most would think so......

Do you know that there are actually TONS OF MOVEMENTS that you can do on a flight of stairs - besides just running up and down them????

For example, you can HOP - either one-legged or two, move SIDEWAYS up the stairs, or LUNGE your way up, or perform CROSS-OVERS as you go up, or even BEAR-CRAWL up the stairs and then CRAB-WALK down them ..... and that's such a few off-hand examples to get going!!!!

Stair-Hopping: A Great Way To Build Power & Agility In The Lower Body

Anyway, my point is this: Stairs Training can be extremely INNOVATIVE, FUN & EFFECTIVE - if, and only if, you know how to incorporate them properly and scientifically into your fitness program .....

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