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Training Tips

Every year, thousands of people of all ages and fitness levels ascend the tower. The average climber reaches the top in 30-40 minutes. If you live a high performance life and want to push yourself further, the time to beat is a record 7 minutes and 52 seconds!

Whether you’re climbing for a record time or your own personal best we’ll be there to cheer you on all the way and help you make it to the top.

General Tips

We recommend that slower climbers stay to the right-hand side of the stairwell so faster climbers to pass on the left. Please try to make the Climb a scent-free event. This is an athletic event and scents may become overpowering in the enclosed stairwell.

And generally, be courteous to your fellow climbers and make this a great event!

Some Steps to Success

1. Wear a good pair of running shoes

It’s important to ensure that your shoes will provide sufficient cushioning to protect your back and legs from injury during both in training and at the CN Tower.

2. Warm-Up and Cool-Down

You should warm-up for five to fifteen minutes before step training. Stretching before climbing will help reduce muscle tension and improve circulation. Don’t forget to cool-down after your workout.

3. Get in a routine

Make sure you step train at least three times a week. You won’t really benefit if you do less than this. However, don’t train if you’re unwell, as this might increase the time you’ll take to recover.
Don’t step train two days in a row for the first couple of weeks. Give your muscles and tendons a chance to adapt.


4. Train for time, not speed

Your training program should be designed to gradually increase the time you spend stepping, rather than how fast. Avoid drastic increases in your training time. If you trained for a total of ten to fifteen minutes, three or four times last week, don’t increase this by more than ten minutes the following week.


5. Take it outside

Mix up your step training. Staircases in office or apartment buildings are a great place to train, but don’t neglect to take this outdoors once in a while. In and around the city has some great places to train.


6. Find your pack

Recruit a like-minded friend or friends to train and climb with. This will be a fun way to hold yourselves accountable and on schedule. Plus let’s not forget about post-climb celebrations and high-fives at the top.


7. Have Fun

Remember, this is a fundraiser to support WWF-Canada and our conservation efforts, not a competition or race. Enjoy your journey to the top. You’ll be there before you know it.
You can take it at your own pace and make it to the top in your own time. We’ll be there to cheer you on.

CN Tower
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