EMS Fitness Exercise #7 – Step Ups

November 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Here is another exercise to build leg strength, and endurance. Often times during a shift we are climbing stairs. We do this under
multiple circumstances (carrying patients, carrying equipment). In order to lessen injury, and to ensure patient safety we need to work on our endurance and strength. Lower extremity injuries happen when fatigue sets in and we begin to sacrifice form.

The “Step Up” is an exercise that can be done almost anywhere and the level of difficulty can be ramped up or down. You need a stable object to step up on (chair, stairs, ottoman, aerobic step) then simply step up on this object. Once you are up then step down and repeat with the opposite
foot.

While this exercise can build strength we are really looking for the endurance aspect so try and perform 3 sets of 10-15 reps. If this is to hard
then back it down. If it is too easy then grab some free weights, a plate weight, books, soup cans, a weighted book bag, up the reps, or step up to a
higher object.

As usual be sure to warm up prior and stretch/cool down after.

Thanks again to Robby Owens at averagejakeff.wordpress.com (@averagejakeff).

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