Development of interesting step-climbing styles

J. J. Chen*, L. Y. Weng, S. M. Peng, M. W. Tsai, M. J. Hsu, C. C. Huang, S. L. Lin, R. J. Liing, H. W. Hsien, Y. H. Liao

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Objectives: This study was to investigate the influence of stepping styles (forward, side, and cross steppings) and inclinations (25 and 45 degrees) on cardiorespiratory responses (C-R responses). Methods: Twenty volunteers were recruited and randomly arranged into two ten-people groups, exercising on step-climbing machines respectively of 25 and 45 degrees of inclination. C-R responses were recorded during each test which lasted for six minutes at 50 steps per minute on a step-climbing machine. Results: The group on 25-degree inclination had significantly lower C-R responses than the group on 45-degree inclination. Although only small differences, probably statistically insignificant, were found among the three step-climbing styles, these differences showed interesting trends independent of inclination. Conclusions: Climbing stairs with the three interesting step-climbing styles in this study could be considered as an exercise of moderate intensity (60-80% HR max). Climbing on 25-degree inclination at 50 steps per minute is recommended for less fit individuals because of lower cardiovascular stress as compared with on 45-degree inclination.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-327
Number of pages5
JournalMethods of Information in Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Blood pressure
  • Exercise
  • Exertion
  • Oxygen consumption


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