Not feeling your glutes during step ups? Step ups are one of my fav lower body moves + booty builder but you might be doing them wrong. Here’s a few tips on what to do and what not to do.
Pushing off of / jumping off your back leg and using momentum to get up which reduces work load of the front leg & hip. You also want to make sure you are not pushing off your front TOES which turns the focus to the quads and knees instead of what we WANT which is the hips/hams/glutes. This also makes your step up very wobbly and uncontrolled.
. Start by stepping close to the platform, hinging your hips backwards and lean your upper body forward (loads posterior chain), This allows the load to be placed through your whole foot with emphasis on your heel , which allows for more glute and ham activation (what we want! ). Press up through your foot, fully extend on the way up and squeeze those glutes at the top. On the eccentric (lowering down) try to come down as slow and controlled as you can while you lower back down off the box.
ALL the work should be in your front leg, not your back! NO falling off the box or stepping down quickly. Keep everything engaged to remain controlled and balanced.
.Add these steps ups to our next routine and let me know what you think! When done properly they should NOT be easy!
Let me know if this was helpful and what else you need help with!
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