If you’ve ever climbed a giant set of stairs and felt sore the next day (who hasn’t?), you know that step exercises are a pretty legit way to work your lower half. But you don’t have to scale the Empire State Building (or spend, like, seven hours on the StairMaster) to reap results. Just put the boxes and benches on the floor of your gym (or even in your own home) to better use. By jumping, lunging, and toe-touching your way through these exercises, demonstrated by Women’s Health’s fitness director Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., you’ll get a sweat sesh that puts your usual stair-stepper routine to shame.
Remember to squeeze your glutes as you progress through each move. Your booty will thank you tomorrow.