Feb 15, 2013

Stair Climb

Chad convinced me to climb to the top of the US Bank Tower with him over the weekend. This was no small feat. The tallest building on the West Coast, and the 55th tallest building in the world, Chad and I both climbed 75 flights of stairs in less than 20 minutes, all for the good of the Los Angeles community. Although at times I thought I might pass out, the 1,679 stair climb was well worth it. At the top we were rewarded with medals and the view was spectacular. It was amazing to look down on every building in LA, with nothing above! 
Luckily, we took the elevator down where a party with food and drink was awaiting us. 
 The real heroes of the day were the Firefighters, who climbed with their full gear on -- that's an extra 60 pounds!

This little adventure reminded that you can get an amazing workout running stairs. Whether you live in an apartment building like me, near a park with a set of stairs, or even a high school football stadium, we can all use stairs for a great exercise. Not only will we get a cardiovascular exercise, but we recieve strength benefits too (your calves will be sore the next day!). Try sprinting up the stairs 5 times, can you do 6 the next time? If you need to take a break, try holding a plank at the top. If you wear your heart rate monitor, you'll be amazed at how many calories you can burn in a short amount of time.... push yourself & have fun babes!

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