Step ups are so good, they even that there own weekly step class at most gyms. Don't worry you won't need to learn all the different step moves - simply stepping up and down onto a step box will be all you need to do to get a great workout for your lower body and also heart and lungs.
Always make sure that your step box is both strong enough to step onto and secure, especially if performing more advanced step up exercises with dumbbells.
It's essential that when you place your feet on the step box, your heel is clear of the edge of the box to avoid tipping the box over, always aim to place your feet firmly into the middle of the box.
The height you have your step box, will greatly influence the intensity of the exercise, never have the step box higher than your knee height, aim for only 6 – 12 inches, taking slightly higher for conditioned athletes.
Smoothly step up onto the box with one foot, keeping the other foot firmly on the floor until you transfer your bodyweight onto your raised foot, whereby you then straighten your raised foot, taking both feet up onto the step box, finishing the movement with both legs straight.
Lower one foot back down to the ground, and then the other, prior to repeating the movement for the desired amount of reps, taking care to make sure you plant your foot firmly onto the step, especially as you get tired, avoid performing poor reps, as this can lead to injury.
Stretch and Warm Up before you commence any exercise and aim to finish with some good stretching to let your body and mind recover.
Look in the Home Workout area for a great sample workout, if any of these exercises are too hard, then adjust them to your own needs.
Remember to record how many repetitions and sets you can perform, so that you will so how your getting fitter and stronger in all areas. Download your free PDF Record Sheet
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