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Dumbbell Step-Up

Free Weights / Intermediate
  • Quads
  • Calves
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
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How to do the Dumbbell Step-Up - Learn Proper Dumbbell Step-Up Form

  1. Step 1: Stand up and hold a dumbbell in each hand. Your palms should be facing the side of your legs.
  2. Step 2: Put your right foot on an elevated platform. Step on the platform and use your heel to lift the rest of your body up. Place the foot of your left leg on the platform too. Exhale as you come up on top of the bench.
  3. Step 3: Step down with your left leg by flexing your hip and the knee of your right leg as you inhale. Return to a standing position by placing your right foot next to your left in the starting position.
  4. Step 4: Repeat the movements with the right leg for the desired number of reps and then switch to the left leg.

Dumbbell Step-Up Variations and Dumbbell Step-Up Alternatives

  1. Variation 1: Alternate between your left and right legs.
  2. Variation 2: Use a barbell instead of dumbbells.

Dumbbell Step-Up Tips

  1. Tip 1: If you haven't done this exercise before, start by using your body weight only.
  2. Tip 2: Move slowly enough so that you don't lose your balance.

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Dumbbell Step Up Muscles Worked

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Muscles front back Calves blue Glutes blue Hamstrings blue Quads orange

Dumbbell Step Up Equipment

Dumbbell Step Up Training Details

The dumbbell step-up is a free weights exercise that primarily targets the quads and to a lesser degree also targets the calves, glutes, and hamstrings.

The only dumbbell step-up equipment that you really need is the following: dumbbells, flat bench, and box. There are however many different dumbbell step-up variations that you can try out that may require different types of dumbbell step-up equipment or maye even require no equipment at all.

Learning proper dumbbell step-up form is easy with the step by step dumbbell step-up instructions, dumbbell step-up tips, and the instructional dumbbell step-up technique video on this page. The dumbbell step-up is a push exercise for those with a intermediate level of physical fitness and exercise experience. Watch the dumbbell step-up video, learn how to do the dumbbell step-up, and then be sure and browse through the dumbbell step-up workouts on our workout plans page!

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Dumbbell Step Up Force Type: Push
Dumbbell Step Up Mechanics Type: Compound
Dumbbell Step Up Other Names: Dumbbell Step-Ups, Dumbbell StepUps, Dumbbell Step Ups, Dumbbell Step Ups, db step-ups, db step ups
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