Booty Busting Series--Best Exercises to Build that Butt #14: Step-Ups

It's time to get back to the basics with this classic exercise! It's one of the first exercises that trainers teach newbie gymgoers, as it's fairly easy to learn properly. There is very little equipment needed, and you can do it pretty much anywhere. The beauty of step-ups is that most of the work is done by the glutes and quads. The focus is mainly on these two muscles, though your hamstrings do a bit of the work. You can usually add a pretty good amount of weight to your workout without straining yourself, and you'll feel the burn in your legs and glutes! [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Source:[/caption]


Place a weighted barbell across your shoulders behind your neck, using your hands to keep it balanced. Stand in front of a raised platform (preferably about 12" tall) Place your right foot on the platform, and push off with your left foot as you step up. (If you want to add difficulty, bring your left knee to your chest as you step up.) Don't rest your weight on your left foot, but put it back on the floor to complete the exercise. Repeat as desired with both legs.   Resources:  

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