7 Top Stair Climber Foods

All the top stair climbers know that muscle helps you go vertical faster and fat slows you down. The top 10 climbers in all the races I have done, are carrying ZERO extra fat. They also have legs of steel and buns of iron. They stay that way all year-round too. How do they get and stay so lean? By eating the right foods, of course!

Here are my 7 favorites that burn off fat and build high quality muscle at the same time:

  1. Grass-fed beef. This meat has high concentrations of CLA, which is a type of fat that helps you burn fat off your body. Grass-fed beef is also a highly anabolic food, and helps build muscle fast.
  2. MRM protein shakes (the 100% All Natural variety). I mix mine with water, but I’m pretty hard-core. Organic milk is OK, but raw milk from grass-fed cows is best. Mixing MRM with coconut water is yummy too, and has a lower sugar content than milk.
  3. Beet salad. I use a pressure cooker to cook them fast so the nutrients are better preserved. Some crushed walnuts, olive oil, and balsamic vinegar makes a great dressing too (this recipe is currently being perfected for the Hard Bod Cafe page). The reason beets are so great, is because they raise the nitric oxide levels in your blood and reduce your oxygen needs while climbing. In short, more beets = less panting. I gorge on beets for 2 weeks before the race (about four large beets per day). Be prepared for some interesting color in your toilet water though…
  4. Spinach and broccoli. These are both “negative fat foods,” meaning that the more you eat, the leaner you get. They are jammed with nutrients too, so they help you absorb your protein better.
  5. Strawberries and blueberries. Gotta have SOME sugar, right? These are both great sources of carbs you can use for energy, but won’t slow you down by packing on fat.
  6. Almonds and walnuts. Great fiber and protein! Besides, stair climbers are nuts, so because “you are what you eat,” this works well. Actually, in this case, it’s more like, “you eat what you are.”
  7. Caprese salad. Cheese is a great protein source, and tomatoes are super for you. It’s an amazing taste too! Check out the video below to see how to make it fast and easy.