Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Step Ups

Step-ups like lunges are a unilateral exercise that is a powerful assistance move to work on balance and symmetry.   Step-ups (unlike lunges) can further develop power.  Power is quantified by a greater range of motion as well as the amount of force required to perform the motion.  

Step-ups have many variations.  Stand in front of a bench and step on top of the bench.  Bring your other foot onto the bench.   Reverse the motion by stepping backwards.  Lead with one foot and then the other.   As you advance, perform while holding dumbbells.   If they are too easy, increase the height you are stepping.  Try side step ups.    Just be sure to keep correct form – do not lean, instead use your legs to drive your body up.

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