“This exercise is just about making the movements slow and controlled; you are moving with a purpose,” states Bohn and Cotta, of this classic move.
To complete this exercise, place a bench or step in front of you (at least 15 inches off the ground). Step onto the bench (or as the experts like to say, “Step through the bench – with force,”) with your left foot, and bring your right leg up towards your chest. Hold this pose for 2 seconds and step down with your right leg first, followed by your left.
Want a Challenge? Hold 5 – 10lb dumbbells at your side.
Sets: 2; one set requires step ups performed for each leg.
Reps: 12. Complete one set and move on to next exercise.