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Training & Resources

Make Every Step Count! The Fight For Air Climb event is a great way to challenge yourself physically while making a positive impact on millions of Americans affected by lung disease. Different from other events, the Fight For Air Climb is held in prominent skyscrapers around the country. Climbers join friends, family, co-workers or even fly solo, climbing the stairs of the building to the top! It’s a great way to improve your fitness level—and did you know it burns more calories than walking or running? To climb successfully, the American Lung Association strongly urges all participants to train before embarking on the Climb.

Whether you are a first-time climber or an experienced athlete, the Fight For Air Climb event is a challenge that everyone can join!

Like any athletic activity, you need to train and practice to climb safely. To help get you started, here are some tips:

  • If you are new to climbing stairs, start slow and build up your tempo. Gradually increase your pace as you prepare to climb 31 Floors and 680 Stairs!
  • Make sure to place your entire foot on each stair as you climb to reduce the risk of injury.
  • Experiment with climbing techniques. Check out our climb training guide 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. Use your training climbs to find what works for you.
  • Make sure to stay hydrated and consider eating a light snack before the climb begins. This will help you maintain your energy level without feeling fatigued and dizzy.
  • After you're done climbing, take a few minutes to cool down and stretch. This will help keep your muscles from being sore.

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

For more tips, contact Deena Sarno.

Looking for a training opportunity? Join us at Oakbrook Terrace Tower for a practice climb. Come out to climb in the stairwell, talk with other participants and learn from some elite climbers!

Wednesday, January 15th from 6:00-7:00pm - RSVP is required.

Saturday, January 25th from 8:00-9:00am- RSVP is required.

As a reminder, the $100 fundraising minimum must be met in order to participate.

Watch Exclusive Training Videos and Tips

Najee Richardson opens up about his lifelong struggle with asthma, and why he's signed on with the American Lung Association as our National Fight for Air Climb Ambassador.

As an American Ninja Warrior, personal trainer and someone who has asthma, our Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson knows firsthand how physical activity can be challenging for some Climbers. Check out his tips for preparing for the Climb if you have asthma.

The number one reason why people don't donate is because they weren’t asked. American Ninja Warrior Najee "The Flying Phoenix" Richardson shares a few tips on how you can get your fundraising started for your Fight For Air Climb!

Whether it's a warm-up or a cool-down, you can get ready for the Fight For Air Climb with these stretches from Najee Richardson—aka The Flying Phoenix from American Ninja Warrior.

American Ninja Warrior Najee "The Flying Phoenix" Richardson shares how you can get ready for the Fight For Air Climb with a little help from his Climb Team!

Did you know that stair climbing burns twice as many calories as any other physical activity? Our Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson—aka The Flying Phoenix from American Ninja Warrior— shares how lunges can help get your legs ready to tackle those stairs!

Our Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson—aka The Flying Phoenix from American Ninja Warrior—shows us how he gets ready for the Climb!

You can make it to the top if you keep up the positive vibes! Najee Richardson—our Fight For Air Climb Ambassador—helps us keep up the motivation as we get closer to Climb day.

Did you know that the Fight For Air Climb welcomes participants of all ages? American Ninja Warrior Najee Richardson shares a fun activity to prepare for the Fight For Air Climb that’s perfect for the whole family!

Did you know that hundreds of firefighters across the U.S. participate in Fight For Air Climbs in full firefighter gear – which weighs over 40 pounds? Learn some training tips from our Fight For Air Climb Ambassador Najee Richardson and a member of the Philadelphia Fire Department.

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