Most people who perform step ups do so in a suboptimal manner as it’s very easy to cheat (even why trying not to) by using your back leg to do much of the work, which is why many perosnal trainers and strength coaches don’t use step ups at all in their programs.

That said, Step ups are one of our favorite single leg training options because we’ve developed a method for performing (and coaching) step ups that gives us none of the bad stuff (i.e. virtually eliminates cheating) and enhances the good stuff (i.e. the single leg strength and stability training effect).

Here’s how to Perform Step-Ups, Performance U style:

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