Does a Stair Climber Make Your Butt Bigger?

By Contributing Writer

  • Overview

    As you trudged up endless flights of rotating treads on your stair climber machine, feeling the burn in your legs and butt, you may wonder if the stair climber is actually making your butt bigger. The answer to that is, maybe, a little. However, if indeed your butt muscles are growing larger, that's probably a good thing. In fact, you might even want to maximize the butt building effects you get from the stair climber.
  • Function

    A stair climber machine is designed for aerobic exercise. It simulates the activity of climbing stairs or hiking up a hill in order to elevate your heart rate to a target appropriate for your age and physical condition. Performed vigorously for at least 20 minutes, 5 days a week, stair climbing will increase your endurance and aerobic capacity.
  • Effects

    The stair climber machine specifically works the muscles of your thighs, calves and buttocks. Though you will gain muscle mass from aerobic exercise like stair climbing, the primary benefit you gain is aerobic conditioning and calorie burning. After you've been stair climbing for a number of weeks, your butt muscles might increase in size slightly, but they will not become dramatically larger. You'll mostly notice the muscle mass gain as muscle firmness, and possibly definition, if you are also losing body fat.


  • Benefits

    All forms of aerobic or strength building exercise that adequately work all the muscle groups of the legs will cause some muscle mass gain in the buttocks, and you should not worry about this. Making your gluteal muscles bigger will slightly lift the skin and fat in the butt area so that your butt sags less and looks more youthful.
  • Potential

    If you want noticeably bigger butt muscles, strength training with weights will deliver better butt building results than using a stair climber. Squats and lunges are particularly effective at toning and shaping the buttocks. You can begin doing these without weights, and as your strength builds, add weights for more resistance. Strength training will also help you become leaner since muscle tissue burns more calories than fat, even while you are at rest.
  • Considerations

    Though your butt muscles might increase in size as you use your stair climber, your total butt measurement could easily decrease. A moderate stair climbing workout will burn about 250 calories in 30 minutes. If you use stair climbing as a way to burn more calories than you consume, you will lose fat body fat. Inevitably, some of that fat will come from your butt area, though how much fat you lose from your buttocks will depend on how your body is genetically programmed to store fat. Exercise cannot spot reduce fat in the butt area, or anywhere else on the body.
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