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Dumbbell Step Up Video Guide

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  • Calves, Glutes, Hamstrings
  • Strength
  • Dumbbell
  • Compound
  • Push
  • Intermediate

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Exercise Instructions

  1. Set up for the dumbbell step up by choosing a pair of dumbbells and holding them down at your sides.
  2. Stand up straight in front of a flat bench or other raised platform.
  3. Keep your eyes facing forward and a slight bend in your knees. This is the starting position.
  4. Lift your left knee and step onto the platform with your left foot.
  5. Once your foot is firmly planted on the platform, use your left heel to lift your body up and place your right foot on the platform as well.
  6. Pause briefly and then step back with your right leg and carefully return to the starting position.
  7. Repeat this motion for desired reps and then repeat while leading with your right foot.

Exercise Tips:

  1. Keep your head up and back straight throughout the exercise. Never allow your back to round.
  2. Add intensity and difficulty by raising the platform. The higher the platform, the more intense the exercise.
  3. Start by using little to no weight. This exercise requires a good deal of balance and caution should be used.
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Posted Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:37

It's a great workout move, but I strongly dislike these with a burning passion :/

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Posted Fri, 04/13/2012 - 22:44

I find it very difficult to do this exercise with any significant amount of weight. What is an alternative to this exercise?

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Posted Mon, 04/23/2012 - 14:28

Is it normal not to feel any tension on your quads after 15-20 reps with 7 kg on each hand? If not what should I do? I find this a bit too easy and am afraid I'm not doing t right (although I follow the instructions).

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Posted Thu, 06/21/2012 - 08:32

Checking the video against the writen instruction its not the same saying step with left and step down with right and the vid shows stepping up and down with same leg?

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Posted Wed, 06/27/2012 - 21:38

In the video, you only step up with your right leg. Aren't we suppose to alternate legs every time?

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Posted Fri, 07/06/2012 - 09:23

The video is wrong, your first leg up should also be the last leg off. Would lifting straps allow you to hold enough weight to make these worthwhile?

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Posted Wed, 10/03/2012 - 18:50

Wouldn't it be easier just to keep the left foot on the bench the whole time during the exercise? And then keeping the right foot there when training the right leg?

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Posted Mon, 10/08/2012 - 22:09

I find it very difficult to do this exercise with any significant amount of weight. What is an alternative to this exercise?

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Posted Sat, 12/29/2012 - 12:21

Cant wait to try this out. Thanks for posting the pics I'm at work and the video is blocked. ;)

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Posted Tue, 01/08/2013 - 17:11

It saus i meed to do 3sets of 12 reps but do i have to do 3sets for every leg (so in Total 6sets) ???

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Posted Wed, 01/09/2013 - 15:04

Yes - Repeat each set for each leg.

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Posted Wed, 02/13/2013 - 13:29

It's very easy to start cheating on this excercise if you use the other leg to push you up.

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Posted Fri, 07/05/2013 - 11:06

Should you not be alternating between starting with the left leg and then starting with the right this would be one complete repetition (L up R up, L down R down; R up L up, R down L down). Doing it this way would. you not balance the strengthening both quad?

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Daniel Hancock
Posted Wed, 07/31/2013 - 14:12

definitely a tiring exercise. i use 13.5kg dumbbells for 3 sets of 12.

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Aaron Bettle
Posted Wed, 10/23/2013 - 11:17

Started with 30lbs 12 reps, no burn at all. i dont have enough weights for more what do i do haha

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Posted Wed, 01/08/2014 - 18:48

hurts my hands more than anything. felt nothing in my legs.

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Posted Wed, 03/05/2014 - 13:36

IMO what it is suppose to be actually:

starting position: right leg on the bench, left on the floor
action #1: force yourself up on the bench, main driving force being your right leg and especially through heel
action #2: return to the starting position, meaning return with your left foot back to the floow, right is basicly static on the bench

repeat 12 times, switch the bench leg, repeat 12 times.
another set

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