Leg Exercises

Step Up Your Leg Workout

Try the step up for a basic move that provides an intense leg workout.


There are a ton of exercises for the legs, yet most of the time when you go to the gym guys are only doing some variation of a squat, deadlift, or leg press, along with some basic leg extensions, leg curls and calf raises. All of these are great exercises, and kudos to all of you that take the time to really push your legs. However, one exercise that is very rarely performed in the gym is the step up.

Step ups are a very basic movement yet they are highly effective at improving stability and strength in the legs! The step up is a unilateral movement that requires balance and will force you to strengthen each leg individually. This will help you bring balance not only to your physique but to your legs, in general.

Set Up

If you want to increase the amount of load when you do step ups, use the barbell or dumbbells. If you use a barbell, load it with weight and place it on your back. If you choose to use dumbbells, hold a dumbbell in either hand and let hang by your side.


Step up onto a bench, using only one leg to balance at the top. Slowly lower yourself to the ground, alternate feet and step up again.