Tower running, what is it and how did running up stairs gain popularity?
The best tower runners in the world compete every year in the Vertical World Circuit, a circuit of races that has a high standard of competitors from different international sporting backgrounds. The Tower running World Association (TWA) allows the best vertical runners from around the world to register and earn points for the final ranking.
6 things to know about tower running
- According to Sciencedaily, climbing stairs using the interval training method is one of the best cardio workouts for reducing body fat and burning calories.
- Running on stairs, cardiologists and coaches say, is an effective way to condition your legs, core and gluteus.
- An Harvard study showed that sedentary people are 33% more likely to have a heart attack than those who climb only 8 flights of stairs a day.
- Moreover, Journal of Sports Medicine has shown that women who climb stairs increase their "maximum aerobic capacity (VO2 max) by 17.1%.
- To repeat the activity downhill the body has to redouble his balancing efforts when descending the stairs, so this also uses a different group of muscles.
- The impact on the limbs is lower than that of running so it is an excellent alternative for those who have suffered injuries to the joints or are trying to increase their strength and their physical fitness upon returning from an injury.
The main towers for running
If the Vertical World Circuit is held every year in some iconic skyscrapers, other skyscrapers are also climbed annually by tower runners: the routes of the tower marathons change not so much in terms of the length of the path itself but according to the size of the steps, the height of the skyscraper itself, the type of ramps and stairs.
How to training on the stairs
Because of the nature of climbing and descending stairs, tower running is healthy for the knees and ankles.