When I taught fitness classes in the UK I had regular step classes twice a week. A few years ago we picked up this Reebok step, free on the curbside. Amazing what people throw out. One woman’s trash, is another woman’s treasure. And this step has definitely been a treasure. From a stand-alone step workout to circuit intervals it’s been a part of my fitness regime since. Disclaimer: Links in this post may be affiliate links meaning I earn a small commission on sales through those links. It’s an easy way to support the work I do at no extra cost to you!
A step can be a great addition to your home gym as you can use it in so many ways. From step-ups, to cardio and as a bench to lay on for resistance training. Plus it can double as a step for high shelves for those vertically challenged, like myself. There are plenty of fitness steps for sale on amazon. While I have a Reebok step my preference is for “The Step‘ as they are a little more adjustable and easier to store. My favorite step workout typically involves strength, cardio, and interval training. Like in the workout below.
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Step Workout Exercises
This step workout is done interval-style, with 4 exercises repeated. So set your timer for 45s work, 15s rest for at least two rounds of work. You need at least two, for the eight minutes so that you complete the step-ups on both leading legs. Obviously, if you want it longer then set your timer for 16 minutes or more. The timing is an option if you aren’t ready for 45 seconds of work, then just do 30, always make the modifications you need.
This weeks workout starts with a RIGHT LEG STEP UP. Stepping the right leg on top of the step, followed by the left. Then step down with the right leg, then the left. Ensure your full foot lands on the step. Avoid the heel hanging off the edge.
The second exercise begins standing side on to the step for OVER THE TOP. This over the top is long ways. Again stepping up, laterally this time, with the right leg, then the left. So you are standing on top, then come down with the right and left. Think of it more as a lateral shuffle on top of the step.
Step one leg on and one leg off the step to come into a 3 PULSE SQUAT. In that squat position with one foot on top of the step do three small pulses low into the squat then hop over the top of the step to switch sides and repeat the pulses on the opposite side.
Then it’s time for the leg burner BOX JUMPS on top of the step. Starting with a soft knee power up on top of the step, land soft, then jump back down.
Then repeat the step workout, doing the exercises leading on the left leg this time until your eight minutes is up. Or continue for two rounds of work at 16 minutes, etc.
Want more workouts?
If you’re looking for more step workouts you’re in luck! I have a few more for you to check out. Including another 8-minute step interval workout, and a 5-minute cardio workout. Use them as-is or as a resource for exercise ideas for your own workouts.
- Do you have a step?
- How long is your typical workout duration?
- Have you used a step in your workouts?