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Six ways to get a full body workout using the Alkek library stairs

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Lauren Karns, marketing junior, does lunges Aug. 10 on the Alkek stairs.
Photo by: Lara Dietrich | Multimedia Editor
Lauren Karns, marketing junior, does lunges Aug. 10 on the Alkek stairs.

We all can agree the staircase in front of the Albert. B Alkek Library is a workout by itself.

Unleash your inner Rocky Balboa and get fit with these stair workouts.

  1. Tour De Quad

Start at the top of Alkek, running down the stairs—carefully. Then, make your way down the Quad with a light jog.

After the jog, sprint up the Old Main stairs and down again, returning to the start and completing the tour de quad.

By speeding up and slowing down at intervals, you can burn more fat and build endurance.

  1. Stair Sprints

Sprinting up and down the stairs will tone the gluteal and thigh muscles. This high intensity workout will help break a sweat and burn calories.

Choose two to four sets of stairs to sprint up and down. Run up and down five times without resting in between.

  1. Stair Pushups

Decline and incline stair pushups are a way to work out the core and arms.

Decline pushups consists of your feet on the stair steps and your hands on the ground. In this push-up position you can do as many sets and repetitions you like.

Adjust your legs at a higher position for stronger intensity

Incline push-ups are similar but reversed. Adjust your hands on the stairs and your feet on the ground for an incline push-up.

  1. Squat Jumps

Choose two to four sets of stairs to jump on. Jump squat all the way up the stairs and run back down five times.

Squeeze your thighs and squat at a 90-degree angle, keeping balance throughout this exercise.

If you are feeling daring, ditch the two to four sets of staircases and go for the whole Alkek stair case twice.

  1. Alternating Lunges

Skip a step with this one and alternate legs with each lunge.  Make sure you have plenty of balance coming from your core.

Keep count on the way up depending on how many repetitions you want to do. Once you finish luging up the stairs, run back down.

  1. Bunny Hops

 A way to strengthen calves is to bunny hop all the way up the Alkek stairs.

You don’t have to carry a basket or wear ears, but by hopping up and running down the stairs you will increase calf muscle.

Remember you can always modify these workouts to your pace. Pay attention to your surroundings and be cautious.