Can I improvise stairmaster by using a stairwell?

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    Dec 12, 2008 1:26 PM GMT
    I don't have access to a stair master, but my appartment building has a set of stairs at each of the four corners of the building, 10 flights each. Is twenty minutes walking up and down the stairs a good idea? Should I lunge and skip over a step (so instead of going up one step at a time, go two steps at a time). I really want to work my glutes (ass muscles).
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    Dec 12, 2008 2:39 PM GMT
    I don't think it's a good idea. The stairmaster doesn't cause the contact impact on the joints than a real stair case does as the feet hit the steps. Doing regular workouts on actual stairs could accelerate joint wear, especially on the knees. Plus you'd be using the stairs at a faster and more aggressive pace than in an ordinary situation, furthering the potential joint damage.

    There's also a safety factor. If you fell in the stairwell you could be seriously injured, and not be found for some time if it's not used frequently. If it is used frequently, then you shouldn't be running up & down it around others anyway.
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    Dec 12, 2008 8:11 PM GMT
    yes, well... that said- anything you do is going to wear out your joints, another thing to think about is that since youre under 30, a high impact workout is going to make your bones thicker since you are still experiencing osteogenesis. id agree though not to go down the stairs as a part of your exercise, thats just all bad for your joints and doesnt really give you anything good for your butt... unless as a cool-down you use your glutes to make a slow descent for a few minutes (this would be a lot slower than walking). i run up stairs all the time, since i live on a giant hill in SF (here big hills have stairs where sidewalks are). my joints are fine as long as i dont run DOWN the hill.
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    Dec 12, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    When we lived in Seattle, we lived in a 12 story building. I use to run up the stairs and then take the elevator down and repeat as many times as I could. I got permission to work out in this manner from the building manager. It did strengthen my glutes. You can pace yourself as you see fit, but do not get hurt. Our stairs were cement. Falling on them can be brutal to the chins.
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    Dec 13, 2008 7:27 AM GMT
    stairmaster does nothing to your glute, you need hamstring curl and ATG squats
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    Dec 14, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    Have at it...

    That's a great exercise
    try all different way
    jog up the steps one at a time then take them two by two
    you'll be sweating in no time
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    Dec 14, 2008 6:39 AM GMT
    I live on the sixth floor of a walk-up - five flights each time. It hasn't killed me yet. And, yep, on occasion when I want some cardio and can't get to the gym, I do some stairs. It's good for your heart. Probably excellent for the backside. But I don't overdo it. Still, if athletic teams train by running the bleachers, and Olympians run steep mountain tracks - it's a reasonable practice for many fit people.