Curtsy Step Up

by Keli Roberts

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This lower body exercise progression uses a weighted bar. If you don't have one you could use a dowel or even a broom. It also uses a step. If you don't have a step, you could use a stack of books or even a flight of stairs. Step height is really important. When your foot is on the step, your hamstring is about parallel to the floor. This exercise is the curtsey step up. Start in a lunge with your back foot on the ground, front foot crossed in front on the step, and the bar at your chest. Step the back leg up onto the step into a wide stance. Step back into a lunge in the start position. To add a challenge, add rotation at the bottom of the movement. You step up, then down, and then rotate across the front leg. The third and final progression adds another twist and also a balance. Step down and rotate, then step up and rotates in the other direction. This brings in the core and challenges balance. This is the curtsy lunge exercise progression.

About the Presenter

Keli Roberts

Keli Roberts IDEA Author/Presenter

Keli Roberts?is a specialized tier-three personal trainer at Equinox in Pasadena, California. She is a master trainer for Schwinn® Cycling and Gliding?, a Kettlebell® Concepts-sponsored athlete and is on the BOSU® development team. Keli is also known for her award-winning videos, books and training seminars. She is a spokesperson for ACE, a 2007 inductee to the National Fitness Hall of Fame and was awarded the 2003 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year Award.