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Step Ups?


#1

Any of you guys use step ups as a regular leg exercise? I gave em a go today as I couldnt face walking lunges.

I had the step about knee height to get plenty of glute and ham in the movement.

Whats everyones experience with this exercise?


#2

I do it regularly. I find I really need to drive my knee up to past my hip level to get the full benefits. Also, if you do them fairly fast while maintaining your form, it's like a quasi-cardio exercise.


#3

I've been doing these to the side to work v.medialis..I don't like side lunges much and this seems to do the same thing.


#4

I've done these with a fair amount of weight (315 on about a one-foot step) and never really felt like it did anything. Maybe if your step is higher it would be a more benficial movement.


#5

High step ups can be very beneficial. Tarantenko dropped squats totally in favor of them, and it served him pretty damn well. Not saying drop squats, just an interesting aside.


#6

elveneyes when you say you are doing side stepups, are there literally straight to the side or is the step in front of you at an angle?