Step Up

The step up is a functional movement pattern every adventure athlete needs to master. It develops specific strength in the legs for uphill movement.

  • Stand facing a bench or high step (about 8-18 inches depending on height and strength level) with arms at sides and feet shoulder width apart.
  • Step on to the bench with left leg and press into that leg, coming to a standing position on the step. Do not push off with the trailing leg (right leg).
  • Tap right foot on the step next to the left leg, then immediately step back down.
  • Repeat, alternating sides.


  • Increase step height.
  • Add weighted pack.