My 2c from having trained in the flatlands for hiking/splitboarding:
– the advantage of training on stairs if you go down as well as up is that it improves eccentric strength which is helpful for hiking and skiing/boarding
– the disadvantage is that your HR will be well below your AeT on the way down. Running or using a treadmill allows you to keep your HR close to target for the entirety of the workout
– going upstairs but not downstairs can be practically difficult as some (many?) buildings regard stairs as fire escape-only and restrict access to the stairs from the lobby
– I would not assume stairs will be injury-free. The descent places a fair amount of stress on the knees
All Aerobic Workouts on Stairs
I am going for a hiking/mountaineering objective. For aerobic base training, my options are limited between running (flat) or walking on stairs.
Since stairs are more related to mountaineering, and perform less stress upon the body (more risk of injury), is there any reason to include running at all? Or can all workouts be done on stairs?
Thanks in advance!
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