Stair Challenges

Climbing the 34 floors of the Cathedral of Learning is an excellent way to work your aerobic capability and hill climbing muscles - it's a great workout!  Add boots and a pack with weight to better simulate what your body must do on a mountain: relentless upward progress.

Stair workouts are required on a weekly basis, and are mandatory. You will receive exact details about prescribed reps/weights/footwear in your student handbook. Expect to spend at least 2 hours in addition to class time during the week on the stairs.

Besides being a good way to get to know your fellow students and instructors, they provide a way for us to track your fitness. You will spend a considerable amount of time on the stairs, and we'll try hard to make them sociable and fun.