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17 Aug Legs #3 Step-Ups

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Find a step or a bench that is level with or stands just below your knee. Place one foot flat on the top of the step and then push into a standing position. Lower yourself in a smooth, controlled motion. This exercises’ effectiveness is dependent on pushing off with your raised leg and keeping the rear leg completely relaxed. As you get stronger, you can increase the height of the step and/or hold some weights in your hands.

Beginners: Use your body weight only, doing 5-10 reps on each leg

Intermediate: Add 5 pound weights in each hand. 15-25 reps on each leg.

Advanced: Add 10 pounds in each hand; do 30 reps on each leg.

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Stephanie Redcross
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