For the many men and women out there who want to dramatically improve the shape and definition of their legs and lose weight at the same time, the dumb-bell step-up is the perfect exercise to begin with.
The best part of this exercise is that it is user-friendly and easy to do, and if you happen to have dumb-bells and a weight bench at home, then you don’t even need a gym to do it!
1. The best way to start this exercise is with you standing, holding dumb-bells in both of your hands at your sides.
2. Face the workout bench in front of you, and begin the exercise by stepping up with your right foot onto the workout bench.
3. Stand on the bench by extending your second leg off of the floor completely so that all of your weight rests on your first leg on the bench.
4. Step up on the bench completely with both legs, and then return to your original standing position on the floor.
5. Repeat this using the opposite leg, and continue to alternate between the two legs.
The first time that you try this exercise, you will realize that it is incredibly effective and useful because it also boosts your cardiovascular activity.
It is recommended to do three sets of 15 repetitions of this exercise three times per week in your exercise program, and you will quickly realize that after you complete one repetition, your heart is pounding, and you are working up a sweat!
This is the ideal exercise for men and women to use in their workout routine if they want to tone and condition their lower half while burning fat and increasing their heart rate during the exercise.
** As a few tips for the dumb-bell step-up, make sure that you keep your torso straight throughout the exercise. One of the biggest mistakes that you can make is hunching or bending over so that you cause strain on your back and reduce the effectiveness of the exercise.
If you have any difficulty doing the dumb-bell step-up on a higher workout bench, start out with a small step used for aerobics until your body begins to adjust.
Don’t underestimate the fact that this exercise can be quite difficult for those new to working out, so you may want to start out by trying this exercise on a much smaller step until you improve your strength and conditioning!