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Barbell Step Up

Barbell Step Up

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Muscle Groups
  • Abs and Core
  • Hips & Buttocks
  • Legs
  • Leg strength
  • Glute strength


The barbell step up strengthens the hip extensors (glutes, hamstrings, hip adductors), and knee extensors (quadriceps). These muscles are called upon daily in our everyday lives and are critical for performance in sport and recreation. The barbell step up is a great exercise and can be used to build strength, definition and size. Varying the height of the step is a great way to challenge your muscles to adapt. Select a step height that creates a 90 degree angle on the lead leg.


  • Hold the barbell on your upper back and face a step box.
  • Step one foot up onto the box, keeping the chest up.
  • Lift yourself until both feet are on the box.
  • With the same foot you started with, step down carefully and lower yourself onto the floor again.


  • Rounding the back
  • Leaning the torso forward excessively
  • Tilting the top knee to one side