The weekends oftentimes afford a nice change of pace from the Monday through Friday necessity of having to shoe-horn workouts into already jam-packed schedules.  I decided — and my weekend schedule allowed for — the running of stadium steps on both days.  I brought the camera along and took the opportunity to do a little photo-chronicling of my workouts.

I utilized the upper deck of Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, on the East Carolina University Campus for my exploits, alternating my method on each day.  Another reason (of the many, many) why I enjoy living in a college town is the natural and varied playgrounds the campus provides. 

On Saturday, I began by biking (on the fixie, of course) from my house to the stadium, probably about 4 miles or so.

Map image


After arriving at the stadium and trading my cycling cleats for my Nike Frees, I began sprinting up each successive, concourse ramp until I reached the bottom of the stadium’s upper deck.  Here’s where the fun begins!


Where the ramps end and the fun begins



It’s a long way to the top if ya wanna rock ‘n’ roll


From here, on Saturday, I did 10 all-out sprints to the top, in one of two alternating ways; (1) a normal sprint, clearing 2 steps at a time and (2) feet-together hops, fast as possible and, again, clearing 2 steps at a time.

On Sunday, I did 10 all-out sprints, this time hitting each step.  Notice the cadence difference between the two days.  Saturday was a BOOM-BOOM-BOOM sequence.  Sunday was more RATTA-TAT-TAT-TAT, if that makes sense.  Two different methods on two different days; the speed-strength of Saturday’s sprint workout vs. the RFI-type work of Sunday.

A couple of shots of the view, taken between sprints:


Clockwise, from just to the right of the press box: the Clark-LeClair baseball facility, football practice fields, and, at about the 4 O’clock position (with the bow of the pirate ship jutting out of it), the Murphy strength and conditioning center.


The northwest view.



 Not many people can say they’ve leaned their ride against the front doors of the Dowdy-Ficklen skybox.  Hey, how did he get it there, anyway?


That’s how.  A whole lotta climbing, and a great leg workout!



PeeDee Pirate — the bronze version at least — gives the workout a thumbs-up.


Headin’ home, now.  Me, in the reflection of the Murphy center.


Have a great and fruitful upcoming week!


In Health,


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Keith Norris is a former standout athlete, a military vet, and an elite strength and conditioning expert with over 35 years of in-the-trenches experience. As a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness space, he is an owner, co-founder and Chief Development Officer of the largest Paleo conference in the world, Paleo f(x) . As well, Keith is a partner in one of the most innovative lines of boutique training studios in the nation, Efficient Exercise. He’s also a partner in ARXFit training equipment, and a founding member of ID Life. In his spare time, he authors one of the top fitness blogs in the health and wellness sphere, Theory To Practice.



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