1,000 foot challenge – climb as fast as you can until you reach 1,000 feet. Moderately aggressive RPE 7-8

As you continue to train the various energy systems, your VO2 max will improve allowing you to cover more vertical feet in less time. This 1000 foot challenge is great to periodically add into your routine not only to challenge yourself with a difficult workout, but also evaluate your training progress. Depending on your fitness level, this challenge will take between 5 – 8 minutes.

Goal: 1,000 feet for time

  • 5 min easy warm up @ RPE 2
  • 5-9 min moderate-high @ RPE 7-8

How many minutes did it take to hit 1,000 feet? We want to know! Post it and tag it #1000footsprint @versaclimber!


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  1. Thom on April 17, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Last week I did 1000 feet in 4:54.

    Felt like I was about to die immediately after getting off the machine.

  2. Thom on April 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm


  3. Skip Redford on February 11, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    Going for 3:59 mins 1000 ft.
    Euphoria and pain at the same time.
    4:07 minutes my best time

    • Skip Redford on April 15, 2020 at 1:31 pm

      March 15, 2020 I finally climbed 1000ft 3:57 minus Not bad for senior coach

      • Tom on November 5, 2020 at 9:32 am

        Great time! Would love to know what resistances your using! That’s 250ft per minute very impressive!

        • vcadmin on November 12, 2020 at 3:53 pm

          I believe Skip prefers the “fixed” resistance models SMA; the models that have
          no resistance w/no pump attached.


        • ArnoldT on June 5, 2022 at 3:26 pm

          May 2022 Best Times for 1000ft on Versa Climber (ALX) 3:27, 3:30, 3:33 and 3:41 @ Killer B Fitness.😃

  4. Larry Green on May 22, 2019 at 6:09 am

    I’m trying to get 1,000 in 5mins or less. So far, I can get 931 feet in 5mins. Still working on it. “I think I can, I think I can…”

  5. Jason on March 17, 2020 at 5:02 am

    The times above are inspiring. I tried for the first time on my old climber and got 7:05 nearly killing myself in the process. This will now be a regular workout to beat my poor time.

  6. Lori Cooke on August 10, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    35 y/o female 5280 feet (1 mile) in 38:57.

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