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Single Leg Step Up

This exercise is just like walking up the stairs, but you can make it harder with extra weight and a higher step!

Single Leg Step Up

1. Stand with a box or step in front you and place one foot resting on the box.

2. Keep this foot on the box and push off the floor to step up with the other foot squeezing the glutes, hamstrings and quadriceps to help stabilise the leg.

3. Step back down to the floor keeping the same front leg on the box. Switch legs and repeat.

Tip: You can bring your feet together at the top before preparing to step back down again, or to make it even hard don’t let the second leg touch the box as you step up, requiring better balance from the loaded leg. Adding in dumbbells can ensure your core muscles also engage to maintain your balance.

Try this exercise with a side step up instead of forward to work the inside of thighs and target different glute muscles. 


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Please seek the advice of a GP, physiotherapist or a medically qualified personal trainer before commencing any exercise to avoid the risk of any injury. We do not advise performing any exercise if it exhibits any pain or discomfort in any way.

If you have any questions or queries about any of the exercises, please contact the Didsbury clinic (Manchester) to discuss with your physiotherapist or personal trainer.

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