The general rule of thumb with step-ups is height before load: determine the appropriate height…
May 23, 2022 | John Paul Catanzaro
Step-ups are a staple exercise for the lower body. Start off with your body weight and a low step, and work your way through the following progressions:
DIRECTION OF MOVEMENT
2. Barbell (Back)
3. Barbell (Front)
If balance is an issue, use some support initially and wean off over time.
To maintain a more upright posture, elevate the step heel with a squat wedge. Iron Bull Strength makes the best one on the market.
For more details, check out Step-Ups Develop Muscular Legs.