Single Leg Step-up

Single Leg Step-up

The Single Leg Step-up is a highly effective lower body exercise that targets the quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes, and calves. It is a functional movement that mimics everyday activities like climbing stairs or stepping onto elevated surfaces. By focusing on a single leg at a time, this exercise also helps to improve balance, stability, and coordination. To perform the Single Leg Step-up, you will need an elevated surface like a step, bench, or sturdy box. Begin by standing upright facing the step, with your feet hip-width apart. Engage your core for stability and maintain good posture throughout the movement. Choose one leg to begin with, and lift the opposite foot off the ground slightly. Slowly and intentionally place the working foot onto the step, ensuring that your whole foot is in contact with the surface. Press through the heel of the working foot and lift your body up onto the step, straightening the knee fully. Keep your knee tracking in line with your toes, and avoid pushing off with the other foot. Once you are fully standing on the step, pause for a moment, and then slowly lower your body back down to the starting position. Control the descent and maintain smooth and controlled movements throughout. Repeat for the desired number of repetitions, and then switch legs. Incorporating the Single Leg Step-up into your workout routine can help to strengthen your lower body, improve balance, and develop muscular symmetry. By challenging one leg at a time, you can identify and address any muscle imbalances or weaknesses, reducing the risk of injuries. Remember to start with a suitable step height and gradually increase the intensity as you become more comfortable and stronger.


  • Stand in front of a sturdy platform or step with your feet hip-width apart.
  • Place one foot firmly on the platform, ensuring your heel is fully supported.
  • Engage your core and begin to lift your body upward by pushing through your heel, ensuring that your knee stays in line with your toes.
  • Extend your hip and knee to fully straighten your leg, but be careful not to lock your knee.
  • Slowly lower your body back down by bending your hip and knee, and return to the starting position.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions on one leg, and then switch to the other leg.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form and stability throughout the movement.
  • Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.
  • Start with a lower step height and gradually increase it as you get stronger and more comfortable with the exercise.
  • Use a slow and controlled motion during both the upward and downward phases of the step-up.
  • Don't rely on momentum to lift yourself up; instead, use your leg and glute muscles to generate the force.
  • Keep your knee in line with your toes to avoid any inward or outward deviation.
  • Experiment with different variations, such as adding weights or performing the step-up on an unstable surface, to challenge your muscles and improve your balance.
  • Balance your weight evenly on the stepping leg throughout the exercise.
  • If you feel any pain or discomfort, consult with a professional to ensure proper technique and prevent any potential injuries.
  • Include other exercises that target the same muscle groups, such as lunges and squats, to further strengthen your lower body.


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