Low Step-Ups

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The low step-up is a low impact lower body exercise that targets glutes, hamstrings and quads and is suitable for all fitness levels.


Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Picture of Quadriceps


The quadriceps (quads) are a group of four muscles on the front of the thigh. They allow your knee to straighten and provide stability when standing. Your quads are the most important muscle group for maintaining the ability to stand and to walk independently.

Equipment Used

Picture of Aerobic Steps

Aerobic Steps

The aerobic step is an elevated platform used during exercise. The height of the step can be tailored to individual needs by inserting risers under the step. The aerobic step is most commonly used for various bodyweight, plyometric and dumbbell exercises.

Exercise Instructions

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Step 1

Start with one foot on the step and make sure that the step is low enough so your knee is below the line of your hip in the starting position.

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Step 2

Stand up through your heel and pull your body into a tall standing position.

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Step 3

Fully extend your knee and hip at the top of the step then lower yourself back down to the starting position with complete control.