Step Up to the Challenge

Training & Resources

Step Up to the Challenge! The Fight For Air Climb is a great way to challenge yourself physically. Different from other events, the Fight For Air Climb is a vertical road race to reach the top. Stairclimbing 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.

From experienced athletes to first time stairclimbers, the Fight For Air Climb is a challenge that everyone can meet!

However, just because it is a challenge, doesn't mean that you can't do it.  From Experienced athletes to first time stairclimbers, the Fight For Air Climb is a challenge that everyone can meet! 

Like with any athletic activity, you need to find the elements that work for you.

To help you prepare, we’ve assembled a training guide with tips, exercises, and a complete training schedule to help you do your best. You will have access to the FULL TRAINING GUIDE in the participant center once you have registered for the event.

The Detroit climb also offers Practice Climbs that registered participants can use to train for the event. Details are posted in the participant center as they become available.

As always, be sure to consult your physician before beginning any new fitness routine.

For more tips,contact your Fight For Air Climb event manager.

To help get you started, here are some tips:

  • If you are new to climbing stairs, then start slow and build up your tempo.
  • To reduce the risk of injury, place your entire foot on the stair each time.
  • Experiment with climbing techniques. Check out a few quick training tips here. For example, some climbers prefer to keep their arms by their sides, while others prefer to use the handrails. You can climb one or two steps at a time, depending on your comfort level. We also offer a few training climbs throughout the season. To get the scoop on those you must be registered for the Climb.
  • Hydrate with water and consider a light snack before the climb begins. This will help you maintain your energy level without feeling sick. Hydration is key. Proper hydration begins 24-48 hours before your climb. Drink lots of water and do not drink dehydrating or alcoholic beverages before you climb. We also recommend staying away from dairy and milk products. It gets hot.
  • Many climbers like to listen to music while they climb. We do require that you use headphones. My favorite jam might not be yours, use headphones and keep your jam at a volume that allows you to still be aware of your surroundings.
  • Post Climb take a couple of minutes to cool down and stretch. This will help keep your muscles from being sore. Grab a water and a banana and replenish your electrolytes!

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