Thursday, October 7, 2010

Swamp Stompers

When the crisp fall finally hits Florida, there is one exercise activity I am always pumped to do…channeling my inner Tim Tebow on the stadium steps. A friend and I hit the UF stadium (aka the Swamp) last night for a workout, something we hadn’t been able to do in months because it has been so incredibly hot. We had a workout that would leave almost anyone gasping for breath.

Don’t feel like you have to have a college stadium nearby in order to do this workout. Any high school football stadium (or really any place with a ton of stairs) will do.

1.     Start out by walking/running (whichever is preferable to you) two loops around the stadium/field to warm up
2.     Run up and walk down 5 rows of steps - In our stadium, there are generally about 90 steps in a row. Adjust the rotation to whatever works best for you.
3.     Every 5th row of steps, rotate between 10 pushups (on the ground or on the benches) and doing lunges
4.     When feeling daring, sprint up 45 steps 
5.   Cool down by walking/jogging two more loops around the stadium
6.   Stretch! 

We found a jar of pickled peppers. They were an excellent weight lifting tool!


1.     Remember that in some stadiums (including the Swamp) the steps become more steep as you go higher
2.     Do not push yourself too hard with this workout if you are a beginner. It can be a killer on your knees.
3.     Do not workout alone in a large stadium…especially at night
4.     Take breaks when necessary
5.     Drink plenty of fluids


  1. You don't know how much I wish I were in Gainesville, at the Swamp, taking in all the Gator glory. I guess I will settle for the high school stadium...Boo.

  2. Throw in some v-ups or tricep dips on a bench!!

  3. I'v been wanting to do that for a while now. Thanks for the tips...looks like I'm headed to THE SWAMP!!

  4. @adriana: i bet the hs stadiums are less crowded. that's a plus!

    @thegetinshapegirl: i -hate- tricep dips. that probably means i need to do them more, huh?

    @claudia: it's an awesome week for stadiums. the weather is perfection.