Hi all, wondering if someone could shed some light on this for me..
Going to start including some stair climbing into my weekly routine, I live in an apartment complex and I used to climb stairwell last year to great results and wan't to reincorporate it as I have noticed my lung capacity and endurance playing rec soccer each week is starting to take a rapid dip..
I do a Starting-Strength routine twice a week, on a Tuesday/Thursday usually around 30mins or so. I play rec soccer of a Monday and Wednesday night, total on pitch time tho is probably 20-30 mins.
Anyways last year when I did climb the stairs I would climb all 20 floors 5-8x a few times a week. Quite taxing on my breathing and took around 4-5mins to get from 1-20 each time and then ride the elevator down (as I read the impact going down would be bad on knees). All in all 5x would take 30-35 mins depending on elevator time.
I am wondering if simple climbing again would be good or reduce my # of climbs to say 2-3 and up the intensity instead.. so sprint 2 floors, climb two. Workout would probably be reduced to <20 mins maybe even less at around 15mins. Would this style be better than simple climbing and why?
Alternatively I was thinking of loading up a backpack with 20-30 lbs and climbing.. any thoughts on this?
Also if I simply walk down the stairs is the impact on knees that bad? As I was thinking I could just sprint two floors walk down 2, then sprint two floors again keeping the momentum going instead of going to the top and waiting for the elevator..
Also what is the impact