There are sets of stairs out there that blow the mind as well as the legs.
I've been up, and down, a couple that have etched great memories and I think at least one of them etched a mild strain into my hamstring!
These are my 3 favourite sets. This is sad. I'm going to get therapy after posting.
... there are a multitude of stair sections in Dorset, particularly along the Purbeck section of the South Weat Coast path.
#taking a slightly wider " shoulder width" stance with the feet. Opening the stance gets a the hips to feel more involved, and the hamstrings.
# on a steeper set with high steps I replicate a "Versa climber action with the arms and shoulders". The pull down action connects upper with lower through the back and chest muscles. Weird? Yes. Does it work? Yes
# trigger a "lift" or "press" action. Both have their merits. Pressing will slow the tempo, yet feel stronger. Lifting quickens the action, however throws the heart very high and can be "fractious"?
Both mixed in to find out.
# using a skip step. I'll have to make a video. Albeit an extra 'mini step' being employed, the skip action can be very effective to distribute the load. The swinging arm action adds power and drive against gravity. It does demand light feet and good coordination.
For me, stairs are more than an obstacle, a helpful structure that will get me where I have to go or that I can utilise to improve fitness.
There is an end.
There is a final step.
There is a top.
There is benefit.
There is a gratifying sense of achievement.
Step it up.