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Step Up Exercises – Week 1

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As you guys know, I just bought my step up and have already began experimenting with it!  I usually don’t use the step up at the gym but after using it for a few days – It gives me a really good workout. I’m sweating just five minutes in! I’m getting plenty of different workouts with it and I love it so much. The funniest thing about the step up, is the fact that when I use it – I pretend that I’m teaching a class.  It really works, trust me – try it one day. I tried it the other day and I was more motivated and did more exercises. 

An example would be, “Come on ladies, just five more! Keep your arms straight and your legs strong! Feel that heart rate going up?!”  Anyway, these are the routines I’ll be doing for my first week. I consider it “Beginner” since I only do it for about 15 minutes at a time and I’m still pretty much out of shape. Please note that I am not a fitness instructor (of course). 

Here is a breakdown of the exercises.

1) Low Step Ups – Do 5 reps, then do ten jumping jacks. Repeat till you hit 30 reps.

Don’t forget to switch legs!

2) Knee Ups – 20 Reps

3) Jump Squats – 15 Reps 

4) Step up with Leg Lifts – 30 Reps

Repeat !

If you don’t know how to do these exercises then click below for videos and pictures.

1) Start off with Low Step Ups (Simple Step Ups) x 30

Do this 15 times, each time starting with the opposite foot.If you are looking for a challenge, then do 5 reps and 10 jumping jacks after each 5 reps. 

If you want to watch a quick 8 second video click here

In layman’s terms, I step up with my right foot, then while keeping my foot on the step up I step up with my left foot, then step down with my right foot. 

2) Knee Ups x 20 

Do 10 of these on each leg.

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3) Jump Squats  x 15 

These are pretty horrible, and they make me sweat so much. I prefer this because I was deadly afraid of jumping on the step up face forward (does that make sense?) But it doesn’t seem as hard if I do it on the side.   Do 15 of these. To make it easier, I only SQUAT when I jump down. This means that I don’t squat as the second position indicates.

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4) Step up with Leg Lift

I like this one the most, simple and you can feel it working! Do 10 reps on each leg. 

Credit to pictures go to:

exerciseworld.com

womensworld.org

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