Lateral Step Ups



Preparation – Stand next to the bench.

Execution – Lift leg and place foot on bench to side slightly forward of straight knee. Stand on bench by straightening leg and pushing body upward. Make sure you are pushing through the HEEL of the foot you have on the bench. Step down returning feet to original position. Complete all reps on one side before switching to the other side.


Keep torso upright during exercise. Stepping knee should point same direction as foot.

Easier – Using shorter benches or steps will make this movement easier.

Harder – For a greater challenge, use taller benches or boxes. Barbells and Dumbbells can also provide additional resistance.

Why I Love This Move!

Single leg movements are excellent for building stabilizing muscles. This move will strengthen your legs, glutes, and hips.

When I Use This Move

I use this move as a part of my leg and glute routine. I have even added this movement on the days I go for a 3-4 mile run or during long walks through new cities. It is a great way to get your heart rate up and add some variety to a traditional run/walk/site-seeing trip.

Give This a Try:

On your next leg day, try this super set:

3 x 15 squat or leg press
3 x 15 left lateral step-up
3 x 15 right lateral step-up
45 seconds of rest between sets

Watch it here!