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#motivationmonday I believe that the true joy in your fitness journey comes from exploring all of the amazing movement possibilities available to the human body. It means you need to be willing to dig deeper into every exercise and not just overlook it because it's "basic" or it doesn’t film or photograph well for your next Instagram post.
The step-up is a compound exercise that works several lower-body muscles. It is a good strength exercise since it mimics a real-life movement, making it more functional than other lower-body strength exercises. The step-up has several variations, so you can include it in your lower-body program regularly and still keep your routine fresh.
Step-ups primarily work your quadriceps, the muscles in the front of your thighs, and involve both your knee and hip joints. However, other muscles involved include your glutes, calves and hamstrings, which assist in the movement. Even your lower back and abs muscles get involved, as they act as stabilizers to help you maintain proper posture as you execute the movement.
Simply start with standing in front of an aerobic step, bench or a plyometric box with your feet hip-width apart. Place your right foot on the step. Push through your right foot and propel your body up until your left foot lands on the platform next to your right foot. Pause for a count, then slowly lower your left foot to the ground, followed by your right foot. Step up again, beginning with your left foot. Of you want to challenge yourself hold some dumbbells or a barbell to add resistance, increase the height of the step and/ or march that opposite leg at the top of the step. You want to hit multiple muscles in a single exercise?! Add the step up!! Ready. Set. Work!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 #legday #motivation tag a friend who loves leg day!! 😈😈💪🏽💪🏽 at LA Fitness - MARY BRICKELL