The key components for stair climbing is good leg strength, good aerobic fitness a degree of upper body strength to assist you to utilize the handrails and the ability to wear full kit to complete the event.
Everyone trains in different ways for the event. If you have access to a tall building consider incorporating this into your program, even a couple of flights can be repeated over and over. Steep hills, sand dunes and weight training can all be included to build leg strength.
Aerobic fitness is extremely important. The events are not typically long but are extremely demanding.
You must be able to wear full gear. It is advisable to build up your training over a period of time and include wearing full gear in your training programme also. It is important to maintain your fluid intake if you train in gear and during the event as dehydration and over-heating can occur.
For first time entrants who are not reasonably fit, we suggest you start to train several months before the event to build up a level of fitness. This is a challenging and demanding event and not for the unfit or faint hearted! The bigger the building the harder the challenge.
You might also wish to seek professional advice from a trainer to set up a programme to cover your specific fitness needs to suit you. Some gyms now have stair machines that will assist you in your ability to climb stairs continuously.
If you have a history of cardiac or lung problems, we advise you to seek medical advice before considering training or entering the event.
Diet and healthy lifestyle choices aid your fitness. There are plenty of training diets available online if you choose to incorporate a more wholistic approach to your training.