Originally Posted by BendtheBar
How did you like the step ups? I've never tried them that high.
I LOVE step ups to a high bench. My bench is actually about 5 inches higher than most, so it's an extremely high step up. I put one foot on the bench, then lean into it to stretch the quad as far as it'll go, then slowly push myself up. I don't worry about standing all the way up if my balance is off, because the focus is on the stretch side.
I also push a little with my other foot, so when my quad is fully stretched its not actually taking my whole bodyweight. After a couple inches all the weight is on the stepping leg, but pushing a little with the other foot protects the stepping knee while it's in the fully stretched position.