Step Ups: A Beginner’s Guide to Building Lower Body Strength and Endurance

Step-ups are a versatile lower body exercise that targets your quads, hamstrings, and glutes that we use in personal training and group fitness classes. They involve stepping onto an elevated platform or box, one leg at a time, and then stepping back down.

Here’s how to perform a step-up:

1. Stand facing a step or an elevated platform with your feet hip-width apart.

2. Lift one leg and place your foot firmly on the step. Transfer your weight onto that leg.

3. Push through your heel and straighten your leg to lift your body up onto the step.

4. Step back down with the same leg, returning to the starting position.

Repeat the movement with the opposite leg.

Step-ups provide numerous benefits. They help build lower body strength, particularly targeting the quads, hamstrings, and glutes. Additionally, step-ups improve balance, stability, and endurance, making them useful for daily activities and sports performance.

This is our number one go to exercise for the lower body to help athletes improve performance and get clients out of pain.

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