Think you can climb the Frost Tower TWICE? Take the Extreme Fitness challenge! This competition offers an incredible training opportunity, a fun morale booster and stirs some healthy competition among fitness groups in Austin. The bigger the team, the better! To be eligible for this Challenge, individuals on teams must:
- Pay the $25 registration fee and raise the $100 minimum required.
- Select the Extreme Fitness division when registering.
- Have 3 or more participants to form a team.
- Climb the Frost Tower (31 floors) twice!
Getting in Shape for the Climb
Starting in January, Practice Climbs will take place every Saturday at Mount Bonnell (3800 Mount Bonnell Rd.) Join other climbers at 8am to climb the steps and get in shape for the Climb!
The April 6th Practice Climb will take place at the Cedar Park Center prior to the Texas Stars Hockey Game. Purchase a discounted ticket (contact Paige at firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the stadium practice climb and stay for the game! A Chuck-A-Puck fundraiser will be held at second intermission benefitting tha Austin lung Association.
Stair climbing is a great sport that improves the fitness level of each participant and burns more calories than walking or running. To climb successfully, the American Lung Association strongly urges all participants to train before embarking on the ascent.
To help you prepare, we’ve assembled a Fitness Training Guide with tips, exercises, and a complete training schedule to help you do your best. Below are a few tips to get you started:
Always warm up your muscles and stretch before you begin.
- Pick a tempo that feels right to you and stick with it. Once you get the steps down, you can begin working with a quicker pace.
- Place your entire foot on the step each time you climb. Keep your arms by your sides or hold onto the handrails.
- Keep a bottle of water at the top of the stairs so you don’t have to carry it with you. Have a snack available if you feel low on energy.
- Listen to music! It will help propel you up the stairs.
- Cool down. Take a quick walk and stretch major muscle groups.
As always, be sure to consult your physician before beginning any new fitness routine.