Lunge Step Ups For Stronger Quads

Does your back often ache after a long backpacking adventure? Do you want to feel stronger for your next uphill climb? If so, you might need to add a few lunge step ups to your daily bodyweight routine. Here’s why and how.

What Lunge Step-Ups Are

The lunge step-up is a hybrid bodyweight exercise designed to target your glutes, quads, and hamstrings. Quite obviously, it’s composed of two bodyweight exercises:

Why Do Lunge Step Ups

Lunge Step-Ups, as mentioned above, can help strengthen your quads and glutes. Thus, if you find yourself often suffering from backaches after carrying heavy bags for a long time, lunge step ups can be the solution. You may perform them to:

  • train your balance
  • strengthen your glutes and back
  • gain better stability when climbing

How To Perform A Lunge Step-Up

Lunge step ups only require two steps to perform. Take note that we emphasize a bodyweight version here, but you can always add weights later once you’ve regained control over your balance.

The Lunge & Step-Up Combo

  1. First up, you’ll do a backward lunge from a standing position. Remember to swing your arms by your sides to keep your body stable. Now assume you first perform a right-foot backward movement.
  2. To proceed to the step-up part, pick yourself from the lunge position. Instead of standing back to the starting position, direct your right leg to a step-up.

Now do the lunge again using the same (right) leg and follow through with a step-up. Perform the duo in 8 reps and try it with your other leg.

Do The Lunge Step-Up Weekly

Once you get the hang of this exercise, try doing a workout with it. Perform 2 to 3 of the lunge step-up twice weekly, and you’ll soon have stronger quads and better endurance for your next uphill flight!

Here’s the short demo of this simple but effective body weight exercise.

Credits: DAREBEE/YouTube

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