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Step ups

  • Using a stable and appropriately sized step stand with your feet shoulder width apart, knees slightly bent in front of the step.
  • Throughout the exercise ensure that you're supporting your spine and protecting your lower back by contracting your core muscles (abdominals anf glutes)
  • Raise one leg (leg 1) and place your foot flat on top of the step.
  • Push through your heel and squeeze through your quads and glutes (leg 1) to bring your other leg (leg 2) up onto the step also.
  • To return, keep one leg on the step (leg 2) whilst you lower your other leg (leg 1) back to the ground. To do this you will need to contract the glutes and quad muscles of leg 2.
  • Repeat 10-15 reps x 2 sets, ensuring that you do an even number of step ups with each leg.