Step Up with Shoulder Press

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. This exercise also includes a step. If you don't have a step, you could use a stack of books or even a flight of stairs. The step height is really important. When your foot is on the step, your hamstring is about parallel to the floor. Standing on the floor, bring the bar to your chest in an underhand grip. Step up on the step with one foot and do an overhead press, then step back down. As a progression, add an element of balance. Step up, press the bar overhead, balance on one leg, and then step back down. Our third and final progression adds rotation, which is further going to challenge balance. Step up, press, balance, rotate the body, bring it back to center, and step back down. This is a good exercise for the lower body, the shoulders, and the core.

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.