Let’s be honest: It’s really easy to get in the habit of doing the same routine at the gym or same workout class. Now, doing the same workouts isn’t necessarily a bad thing, because it’s always great to see yourself improve and achieve your fitness goals. But sometimes, it’s important to change things up and add some variety to your everyday routine. So, with bikini season nearly upon us, today we’re sharing a pretty tough workout from our favorite trainer, Dr. Hunter Vincent. We can guarantee this will be a challenge from your everyday workout routine. Get ready… We’re hitting the stairs!
Here’s the thing about a stair workout: It’s challenging. But that’s one of the best parts about it. Because of the added difficulty, Hunter explains, your body is forced to work a bit harder and you more calories. In fact, you can burn upwards of twice as many calories per minute by hitting the stairs. The stairs focus mainly on lower body muscles. They are an amazing way to get a complete lower body workout, while helping your muscles stay fit and functional. The main muscles you will tone during this workout are the butt muscles (a.k.a. “glutes”), quadriceps or thigh muscles, hamstrings, and calves.
Are you up for the challenge? Give this stair workout a try and see how it feels!
Dr. Hunter’s Stairway to Heaven Workout:
Triple Step Lunge with Knee Hug: Warm up
If you legs can reach, step up three steps and hug your knee at the top of that step. This is your warm up and will stretch out your muscles before you begin.
Side Stepping X4
Go upstairs facing to your right first, then facing to your left. Do each side twice.
Single Step jogs X4
Jog upstairs, one stair at a time, four times.
Double Step jogs X4
Jog upstairs two-by-two, four times.
Double Step Diagonal Jumps X4
Starting in the middle of the stairs, step your right leg way out to the right.
Two-Foot bunny hops X4
Hop up each stair with both feet, four times.
Single Leg hops X2 each leg
Hopping on your right leg, hop up each stair step until you get to the top. Repeat on your left leg.
Go as fast as you can up the stairs four times. When you go down the stairs, use this time as your cool down.
Pretty tough, right? Hunter recommended doing each of the exercises four times, but you may change this depending on the length of your set of stairs. This workout is a great way to get your HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout in for the week. You may remember Dr. Hunter breaking down why HIIT workouts are important for staying fit in this post…. HIIT is basically any type of exercise that consists of short periods of really hard work, followed by periods of recovery or light exercise. By working hard up the stairs, and using the walk down as your recovery, the stairs are essentially a self-timed HIIT program without using a stopwatch.
Will you give this stairs workout a try this summer?
If you do decide to try it, let us know how you feel afterward in the comments below! And be sure to share your workout photos with us using #LCdotcomloves.
XO Team LC