The 189 step workout in Santa Monica is an extremely hard one. These are compact steps that look far kinder than they actually are.
The last time that I set foot on these steps would have been in 2008 – and as it was Ricky’s first time there I suggested that we tried to do them ten times. My memory had clearly failed me because after two sets of steps, I couldn’t imagine how I could possibly do them ten times!
Ricky – who is a fantastic trainer – was wanting me to do the majority of each climb as a run, and only move to a walk when running became physically impossible.
At the top – after each assent – we did 20 repetitions of either squats, lunges, calf raises, or press-ups.
I had to stop after doing them 9 times!! I was finding coming back down almost as hard as going up – because I had lost all feeling and control over my quads.
I felt elated afterwards – I got a real high from this workout . I went straight to Malibu and had lunch at my favourite Greek restaurant Tony’s Taverna with my friend Sadie. The food is incredible – I highly recommend it.
I bitterly regretted not stretching my calves better after the workout the following day. My quads I had paid some attention to, and they felt absolutely fine, but my calves were so tight that I could barely walk! The Steps took a few days to recover from!
What may hold you back? –
Weak legs and weak willpower. If Ricky hadn’t been there shouting at me, I most definitely wouldn’t have done 9 sets!
4th St & Adelaide Dr, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Free, and there is plenty of street parking
My training partner –
Ricky Parcell – http://www.icemanfitness.com