Make the most of your workout!
The ‘step up’ is a great move for both leg strength and cardio boost. Try this move in between 2 weight training exercises (such as a squat and lunge or leg extension and leg press), or anytime to challenge stability and strength.
Muscles worked: Legs, Cardio
You will need: A bench or stable chair
Time to complete: 2 minutes per set
1. Start by standing in front of a bench with arms to side (optional: hold 10-15 lb dumbells)
2. Keeping one leg straight, place the other foot on the bench insuring your heel is solidly placed
3. Quickly, squeeze the bent leg and raise yourself to a standing position on the bench
4. Return to the starting position keeping your back and hips straight up
Do 12 repetitions per leg, rest 30 seconds then repeat up to 3 sets total