Step Ups

Step Ups

Step-ups on a bench or box are a great lower body exercise that targets your quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to perform step-ups correctly:

Video Instructions on How to Do Step Ups

Equipment Needed:

  1. Sturdy bench or box (make sure it can support your weight)
  2. Comfortable workout shoes


  1. Setup:
    • Place the bench or box in a clear, open space.
    • Stand in an upright position facing the bench with your feet hip-width apart.
  2. Body Position:
    • Engage your core muscles to maintain stability.
    • Keep your shoulders back and chest up.
  3. Starting Position:
    • Place one foot entirely on the bench or box.
    • Ensure your entire foot is on the surface for stability.
  4. Step Up:
    • Push through the heel of the foot on the bench, lifting your body up.
    • Straighten your leg as you lift, bringing the other foot off the ground.
    • Maintain a controlled movement, avoiding any sudden jerks.
  5. Top Position:
    • Stand fully upright on the bench with both feet.
    • Ensure your hips and knees are fully extended.
  6. Step Down:
    • Carefully lower the other foot back down to the ground.
    • Control the descent to work the muscles eccentrically.
  7. Repeat:
    • Perform the desired number of repetitions on one leg before switching to the other.
    • Start with a lower bench height if you’re new to this exercise and gradually progress to higher levels.


  • Keep your knee in line with your foot to prevent unnecessary stress on the joints.
  • Avoid using momentum; focus on controlled movements.
  • Engage your core to maintain balance.
  • Use your arms for balance or keep them on your hips.

Common Mistakes to Avoid:

  • Avoid pushing off the back foot excessively.
  • Don’t let your knee collapse inward; maintain proper alignment.
  • Ensure the bench or box is stable and won’t slip.


  • Increase difficulty by holding dumbbells or kettlebells in each hand.
  • Adjust the height of the bench for variation in intensity.

Safety Precautions:

  • If you have any existing knee or joint issues, consult with a healthcare professional before attempting this exercise.
  • Start with a lower bench height and gradually progress to higher levels as you gain strength and confidence.

Remember to listen to your body, and if you experience any pain (other than normal muscle fatigue), stop the exercise and consult with a fitness professional or healthcare provider.