does walking/running stairs make your rear bigger?
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I know it will burn calories and tone, but if this is your trouble spot, would you be better off doing a different exercise? It's an easy one to do on breaks at work, but I'm afraid it might make my problem worse, not better. Thanks for your thoughts!

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LOVE LOVE LOVE doing stadium steps. I like to "snake" the stadium which means you go all the way up to the top row and then walk across one row width and then go all the way down to the bottom row and then walk across one row width again and go back up. Continue until you have "snaked" the entire stadium. Time yourself and see how long it takes and then try to beat your time the next time you do it. I like to run/jog UP and then walk DOWN (safer to walk down than run down). It is a tough workout, but well worth it. In fact, I used to teach a class at the football stadium called "stadium stompers." Lots of fun for males and females. We would even do relay races up and down for fun.

When you are doing the steps be sure that you are stepping up heel to toe (for added glute workout). You'll feel the difference almost immediately.

By the way, you will get killer legs doing this!

Jennifer Barbarino 54k
4 years ago
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Walking and Running stairs is a great way to help tone those glut muscles. Their is no such thing as spot reduction to a certain area but if you have stairs at your work, then take advantage of them during your breaks.

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Courtney Murzyn 28k
4 years ago
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Walking and running stairs is an awesome way to work those legs and burn up some serious calories, which will make your rear smaller and tighter. Like Courtney said, you can't spot reduce and the only way you rear will get bigger is if you're taking in more calories than you're burning.

Ken Cutcher 66k
4 years ago
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Yeah stairs are great & I encourage you to do them with intensity & add in some supplemental work & really focus on accentuating & exaggerating your form. For example, make sure your form is proper, but try stepping on every stair, then every other stair, back to every stair, etc. Focus on stepping & driving your knees up & pushing through with your quads, glutes & maybe even implementing a calf raiser at the end of each stair. Make sure you are doing this with safety in mind & utilizing the railing.

I have some members who do stairs at work & infuse a set of 8-10 stairs & then implement a set (8-10 reps) of stationary lunges or squats on the stair landing & then hit the next flight of stairs, etc. Be warned, this may lead to a dramatic increase in sweating which needs to be considered if you’re going back to work.

You won’t get a “big rear”, this will just help tone & define it. If you want to reduce your rear, consider analyzing your diet with a goal of total-body reduction & your rear will be a benefactor of your overall reduction.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 137k
4 years ago
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Thanks ya'll. I'm just small everywhere else so I don't really need to lose weight, I just don't want to emphasize my problem area. I guess everyone has a problem area!

jreneaart 4.9k
4 years ago
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jreneaart, based on the info you just provided, stairs will be a great addition to how you train.

If you can, try my idea, it's REALLY FUN & beneficial.

Tony

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Tony Nicholson 137k
4 years ago
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I love running the stairs at the local high school stadium-- the track is available for walking/jogging and running, the stairs to break up the workout and get some great variety! Plus, with it being 97 degrees here, and a high humidity-- well hydrated workouts feel AWESOME in the heat!

Have fun with the stairs, it's a great way to add variety and tone those legs for shorts...

Vicki Bowland 53k
4 years ago
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This was a question of debate on Yahoo Health last week. It appeared there were two exercises that were better than any other and if given a choice between them, one would be better. The two in question were climbing stairs and doing squats. Because squats can be done anywhere without steps, it won. However it was also said that both were exceptional in their own right and probably about equal.

It might be true that you can't target places to lose, however you can target areas to tighten and gain your muscles. In turn, that does give the appearance of that specific area to be more tone. In my case, I am targeting my abs. I haven't lost any weight, but because of the workout I'm giving my mid section allows my clothes fit more loosely because the muscles under the fat are tighter. If I did more butt exercises, they would probably fit a little tighter, but not in the waist.

Jonny Quest 5.2k
4 years ago
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Any kind of 'step-up' exercise is great for strengthening the muscles around your knee (including the Vastus Medialis Oblique - VMO). This can improve knee stability and strength. The other important muscle being 'worked' is your Gluteus Maximus. Doing stair climbs/runs is a great way to tone the area not to mention get your heart rate racing and hence giving you a great cardiovascular workout PLUS burn lots of energy/calories. The main time a muscle grows is when you are putting a large FORCE through the muscle. So if you were doing 8-10 steps at a time with weight on your shoulders (barbell) or in your hands (dumbbells) then this might cause some hypertrophy (muscle growth), but assuming you are not doing this, it will be a great way to tone and tighten the mentioned areas (plus your entire thigh).

James

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James Kleinig 35k
4 years ago

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