Step ups and downs are amazingly simple, yet truly effective in lower extremity rehab. Adding variability to the classic step ups and downs is key to movement proficiency and developing a well-rounded athlete. Have you tried these step up variations before?!
Step-ups will always be a staple drill in rehabilitation and strength and conditioning programs when it comes to working with runners. Considering the unilateral, weight-bearing nature of the step-up, it effectively challenges recruitment patterns analogous to those encountered during routine activities of daily living and sport.
This article is a must read for any runner and one of the best articles you will read hands down regarding strength training for runners – all focused around the step up. It’s written by renown running expert and physical therapist Dr. Christopher Johnson. He’s not just an academic, but also a 2x Kona Qualifier and currently ranked 16th (AG) in the country for long course racing. So let’s just say he knows a thing or two about running performance! Chris was kind enough to release this chapter of his ebook Running On Resistance FREE for you guys here in this article. If you like what you read (and we know you will), you can save 15% on his book using the code “stepupsforgains“ here.