Lateral step ups
- Improves strength/definition in Quadriceps/front of the upper thigh.
- Improves strength/definition in Hamstrings/back of the upper thigh.
- Improves one-legged balance/stability.
- Improves lateral movement/stability.
- No excessive tension in front of pelvis, hamstrings/back of the upper thigh, and/or calves.
- Must be comfortable on one leg/foot.
- Set the stepper height so that your knee begins the stepping movement at 90 degrees.
- Begin in a standing position that faces 90 degrees away from the front of the stepper.
- Keep your core tight, shoulders back and chest high.
How to Do:
- Brace your lower back, place foot (90 degrees off center) on stepping platform/stepper.
- Breathing out, step up with one leg until knee is straight.
- Breathing in, slowly return to the original position at the bottom of the stepper.
- If you cannot perform movement without arching your lower back, reduce weight and continue.
- Progression: When you feel comfortable with this movement, and you are able to perform many repetitions in a row, add weight in the form of dumbbells, cables, bands, barbell.
- Should be able to maintain level pelvis/hips and keep foot straight on stepper/platform.
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