SWEATFEST! Sounds like 4-day music festival where everyone wears spandex and throws around glitter in the middle of the sweltering desert. As much as I know you’d love to go, sweatfest is actually a 20-minute stair stepper circuit.
This workout had me dripping you guys – hence the title. But what I loved about it is that my LOATHE of the stair stepper machine quickly turned to an appreciation of the intense workout I got in such little time. And since I get bored easily, breaking the monotonous climb with a few pushups and planks kept me interested, focused, and of course, sweaty.
Now if you’ve never been on a stair stepper/StairMaster, read the below paragraph. Before I start, let me just make a shoutout to my mom – please don’t disown me for this one.
The first time mom attempted the stair stepper, my sister and I accompanied her at a new gym she had joined. Unfamiliar with many of the machines, she wanted us to show her how certain ones worked. After our Q&A session, we all dispersed to get a quick workout in before heading home. I can’t remember if I was mid kettlebell swing or grabbing water, but I looked over at my mom to see her on the stair stepper, pushing with all her MIGHT to drive her heels into the ground, one after the other, then releasing her knees up to her chest to get the ‘stair’ pedals back to the top. It looked like a robot was trying to walk in a pool of tar. I.almost.died.
SO, that’s wrong (if you hadn’t figured that out). When you are working out on the stair stepper machine, the goal is the keep your feel OFF the ground. The higher the level, the harder that will be. And if you feel so inclined to practice tar walking like a robot after this sweatfest stair stepper circuit, be my guest.
After each stair stepping interval, carefully step off the machine to execute the pushups and planks, then step back on and continue. To modify, lower the levels and increase by the same amount as the guide below. Pushups and planks can also be done on your knees. If you are looking for an extra challenge to this workout, keep your hands off the side or front bars of the machine as you are stepping.
Sweatfest Stair Stepper Circuit
Sweaty yet? Your thighs, bum, and arms may be a little jello-like too. If so, you KNOW you worked just the right areas!
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