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  • I read that climbing stairs (2x) is the best butt exercise there is if you.

    Julie - From California :

    I read that climbing stairs (2x) is the best butt exercise there is if you climb 1000 stairs. Can you verify this?

    Stair climbing, however you do it, uses more quadriceps (front of the thigh) than any other muscle. Taking steps 2 at a time may use more glutes (butt muscle) but may make your knees unhappy, especially if you do 1000. Stair climbing is a good cardiovascular exercise and offers lower body conditioning but not much in the way of muscle shaping--for that you need to lift weights. Squats are considered the best glute exercise. Do leg presses if you don't like squats. (Stiff leg deadlifts are also ok, as are some of the specialized glute machines.) It's hard to climb 1000 stairs continuously, without going up and down, unless you have access to something like the stairwell at the Empire State Building.


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