Step up

STRENGTH

Benefits:

  • 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.


Pre-Requisites:

  • No excessive tension in front of pelvis, hamstrings/back of the upper thigh, and/or calves.
  • Must be comfortable on one leg/foot.


Preparation:

  • Set the stepper height so that your knee begins the stepping movement at 90 degrees.
  • Keep your core tight, shoulders back and chest high.


How to Do:

  1. Brace your lower back, and straighten foot on stepping platform/stepper.
  2. Breathing out, step up with one leg until knee is straight.
  3. Breathing in, slowly return to the original position at the bottom of the stepper.
  4. If you cannot perform movement without arching your lower back, reduce weight and continue.

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