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Low Box Steps Exercise

Low box steps are a great low impact cardio exercise that’s easy on the joints. What I like about low box steps (not to be confused with step ups) is that it allows me to move my body and to get out of the “stationary” exercise mindset. Low box steps are not an overly complicated movement to master and can be performed anywhere (no special equipment needed). The trick to the low box step exercise is getting into the proper “rhythm”, moving back and forth using your leg muscles. Imagine you are taking steps within a “box” and this will help get you into a proper rhythm.

Personally, I enjoy doing low box steps as part of a circuit set. Give low box steps a try, I’m sure you’ll love them!         

Start Position

Forward Step

Position for low box step exercise

Stand with your feet two to three apart. Retract your shoulders back and down, puff out your chest and keep your back straight. Your head should be level and eyes forward. Bend at the knees and keep your feet flat on the floor. Raise your arms up near chest level and clasp your hands together.       

How to perform the low box step exercise

With your knees bent, take one step forward (using your left leg) and take one back. You want to take these small steps back and forth in a simultaneous fashion. Try to imagine you are inside a box.   


Breathe in as you step forward and breathe out as you step back.     

Important points for the low box step exercise

·         Bend at the knees and take back and forth steps inside an imaginary box.

·         Try not to look up or down as this will cause you to lose balance.

·         Your steps back and forth should be about 2 to 3 feet.

Video for the low box step exercise

Over his 30 plus years of experience, Blake Bissaillion has worked with nationally ranked body builders, power lifters and fitness professionals. In this time he has picked up volumes of applied knowledge that he openly shares with his clients. Mr. Bissaillion’s objective is to help as many beginners to weight training and fitness to achieve their weight loss and fitness goals while getting into their best possible shape. Mr. Bissaillion owns and operates Belly Be Gone, a fitness company that offers fitness and nutritional guidance and products.

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