Dumbbell Step Up

Dumbbell Step Up


This exercise involves stepping up onto a platform or bench while holding dumbbells in each hand. It primarily targets the lower body muscles, including the quadriceps, glutes, and hamstrings, while also engaging the core and upper body for stability.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Dumbbell Step Up Instructions

  1. Stand in front of a bench or step with a dumbbell in each hand.
  2. Place your right foot on the bench or step.
  3. Push through your right heel and lift your body up onto the bench or step.
  4. Bring your left foot up onto the bench or step.
  5. Step back down with your left foot, then your right foot.
  6. Repeat for desired number of reps, then switch sides and repeat.

Dumbbell Step Up Form & Visual

Dumbbell Step Up

Dumbbell Step Up Benefits

  • Strengthens leg muscles, including quadriceps, hamstrings, and glutes
  • Improves balance and stability
  • Increases cardiovascular endurance
  • Targets specific muscle imbalances or weaknesses
  • Can be modified for different fitness levels and goals
  • Requires minimal equipment and can be done at home or in the gym

Dumbbell Step Up Muscles Worked

  • Quadriceps
  • Glutes
  • Hamstrings
  • Calves
  • Core

Dumbbell Step Up Variations & Alternatives

  • Dumbbell Step up with Knee Raise
  • Dumbbell Step up with Lateral Raise
  • Dumbbell Step up with Bicep Curl
  • Dumbbell Step up with Overhead Press
  • Dumbbell Step up with Front Raise