The discouraging thing about the stair climber at the gym: you never actually get anywhere.
But what superb training it is for that moment when a skyscraper's worth of real, actually-ascending-to-something steps presents itself.
That moment would be this Saturday at the Big D Climb, a race up 52 flights of stairs (1,040 steps) inside Fountain Place, Dallas' fifth tallest building.
All you need is endurance, strong calf muscles, and hopefully a joyous lack of vertigo.
Last year's race raised $200,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and they hope to bump that up by $25K this time around.
Teams can be formed with as few as two climbers, so do some quick recruiting and race as a group.
You've got nowhere to go but up.