Running stairs is less high-impact than running on ground, but you'll still want motion control like this.
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Q Is it more beneficial to walk backward, forward, sideways, or all of the above on a stair-climber?
I love that you’re training stairs – any kind of vertical challenge has benefits that a flat surface would not. But no need to get fancy with your footwork.
Lateral movement will recruit different muscle groups and logging steps backward will hit more of your backside, yet it’s not worth the fuss in terms of results. Plus, unless you have A-plus coordination, it’s not that safe to get all Cirque du Soleil on the stair-climber.
I’d prefer you do intervals forward with small spurts at a time: logging a faster pace for 15 seconds and slowing it way down, then climbing every other step for 45 seconds. Repeat for 15 minutes and you're done.
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