The steps-ups exercise is a great addition to any home leg workout. Here is how it’s done and how your legs and buttocks benefit from it.
When it comes to leg exercises (you can do at home), people always talk about lunges or squats. Lunges are quite alright, but you may grow tired of them, while squats in my opinion aren’t ideal for someone who isn’t that experienced yet. So what should you do?
A neat alternative is are step-ups, which can be done with nothing but a chair and later on some added resistance:
I already said it in the video, but my inner safety freak makes repeat this: put the chair against a wall to be sure it won’t slide away from you. Doing involuntary splits while holding two 50 lbs dumbbells is not among the nicer experiences out there. It also goes without saying that you should use a chair that is able to bear your entire body weight plus what you use as added resistance.
What Muscles Do Step-Ups Work?
The main muscle the step-up exercise trains is the quadriceps on the front of the thigh, but it also involves most muscles of your bottom and a bit of the inner thighs and calves. A lot of bang for the buck.
If you find doing the exercise with a chair too difficult, you can make the height you work against smaller by using a small step stool. If you have problems with balance, then it’s better to not try this exercise for now and first have a look at get-ups.