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    Question Step ups?

    Do any of you know the exact muscles used when doing high box step ups?

    Some people I talk to say they hit your quads more than your hams. I feel them mostly in my hams, butt and a little bit in my hips. But I am not sure if this is because my quads are stronger from my years of cycling.

    I need to work on my hams... but I don't like doings stiff legged deadlifts all the time because it aggrevates an old lower back ingury. Any ideas?

    Thanks. I am new to this forum. The advice here, for the most part, seems pretty solid. Pfunk seems to have consistently sound advice. I am a former semi pro cyclist but would like to get more seriously into strength training.

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    I feel the same...On the explode up, I feel it more in my hams and butt....But if I go slow I feel them in my quads

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    Yeah that make sense... So do you vary how high you step up?
    It seems that when I step up higher my hams get more of the action.

    Do low deep DB squats activate your hams more that 90 degree squats???
    Or it still mainly a quad exercise???

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bakerboy
    Yeah that make sense... So do you vary how high you step up?
    It seems that when I step up higher my hams get more of the action.

    Do low deep DB squats activate your hams more that 90 degree squats???
    Or it still mainly a quad exercise???
    Generally stepups are considered hamstring-dominant. Making the box higher should only increase the emphasis on your posterior chain.

    Going deeper on squats definietly calls on more butt and hamstrings, yes. Taking a wider stance also achieves the same effect.





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