Leg Exercises: Across-The-Body Step-Ups

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Leg Exercises: Across-The-Body Step-UpsIf you’re looking for leg exercises that work a lot of muscles all at once, then the across-the-body step-up is the move for you.

How to do the move

Stand sideways next to a stable chair or bench. Using the foot of the leg furthest from the bench, step up onto the bench and drive through with your opposite leg. Do not use your opposite leg to push off with.

Muscles that benefit

The main muscles that this move works are the quadriceps, calves, and glutes. Secondary muscles used for stabilization include the core, erector spinae, hamstrings, and adductors. As you can see, this move hits a lot of muscles. Because of the high number of muscles used along with the main muscles used being in your legs, you’ll warm up pretty quickly with this move.

How to use this move

Across-the-body step-ups are a great move that gets your blood pumping and can be a great move at the beginning of your routine to get warmed up.

Not only is this a great move to workout your lower body, but it’s also a great move for working on core stability.

To increase the intensity of this move, add some weight.

Get the equipment

Add weight with a kettlebellUltimate Sandbag, or dumbbells.

 

Photo by: Jeff Blackler  is licensed under CC BY 2.0

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