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Bloomer Park Stairs Workout Rochester Hills

Posted by Glen LaGrou August 26, 2014 Family Health, Health, Oakland County, Parks

“The Stairs” or staircase at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills MI is one of the best outdoor fitness workouts you can find in Oakland County.

BloomerParkPlayground2Bloomer Park is a gem. It’s changed and developed so much over the decades that many people aren’t aware of many of the features. When I visit to do the Bloomer Park stairs workout, I often run into older people that used to visit in the 1970s and beyond that marvel at how well it has held up with the addition of modern equipment and well-manicured trails.

I, by no means, invented the Bloomer Park stairs workout. I’ve been doing it for about a decade and see a lot of people doing various workouts using the 200 step (approximate) Bloomer Park staircase to nature. The people that use these steps to work out kind of have an unspoken bond. Between the nods and the smiles, I can’t figure out if we’re communicating “I can’t believe how awesome this workout is” or “I can’t believe I’m not the only crazy person doing this.” Either way, it’s great to see people pushing themselves outdoors in the fresh air and nature and not stuck at a Lifetime surrounded by 50 million watts of technology.

BLOOMER PARK STAIRS WORKOUT DEMO

Bloomer Park Stairs Workout Routine: Do some thorough stretching followed by a light jog down the main Bloomer Park staircase. Stretch a little more at the bottom and your workout begins! Jog or walk up the steps. If you skip steps (or doublestep), you’ll work your quads more. If you take each step one at a time, you’ll get some heavy cardio and tone your calfs more. Walking the steps is not a “piece of cake” either. It’s a good stretch. Once at the top, briskly walk (to keep your heartrate steady) to the left and you’ll see a path opening about 1/6 of a mile down. Take this short path until you reach the next set of stairs. Be careful. This path is a little unsteady and has many tree roots. Briskly take these steps to the bottom and take the path to your left. Try to keep your walk rate brisk to keep your heart rate balanced. A quarter-mile later and you’re back at the bottom of staircase #1. Repeat as desired. Your lungs and legs will be tired but the fresh air feels great! Repeat these “laps”. If you’re new to fitness, 1 lap will feel brutal. Now, in my 8th year of doing the stairs workout, my routine consists of 10 laps.

My typical Bloomer Park Stairs Workout goes like this: 1st lap double step jog, 2nd lap double step walk, 3rd lap single step walk. Repeat as necessary. I usually do 5, 7, or 10 laps total. I only do 10 when I know I’m not doing much the rest of the day!

I developed the above workout routine through trial and error. When I started doing the Bloomer Park stairs workout, my cardio level was poor. So, by the time I went up the stairs once, it took me so long to recover that I often cut my workouts really short. I developed lightly walking from one staircase to the other and all the way around back to the original stairs as a means of calming my heart rate to do another lap up the stairs. It works perfectly! The 6 minute nature walk allows my lungs to catch up so I can do another set. 1 full lap of the stairs workout at Bloomer takes between 6-7 minutes (including the trip up). This also allowed my workout to be equal parts legs and cardio. I feel this Bloomer Park Stairs Workout is the best combination to blast your lungs and your legs equally.

My workouts using the steps vary from day to day at Bloomer Park. It’s either a leisurely stroll to get the heart-rate up and ranges to something Rocky Balboa would use to get ready for a fight. The Bloomer Park stairs workout is definitely old-school!

The Bloomer Park video I took gives the basics of the location and some helpful, descriptive tips. Due to camera shakiness, I left out the workout routine but it’s a great introduction and roadmap of the basics involving the steps and the stairs at Bloomer Park.

bloomerparkThe steps is only the tip of the iceberg in terms of fitness. Bloomer Park offers sledding, baseball fields, cross country skiing and miles of nature trails. 

Bloomer Park
375 John R. Road
Rochester Hills, Michigan 48309

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