Laura and I went to high school together. Wow. I’m lucky to know her for a lifetime. She is one quality girl!
With her step ups holding a 15lb dumbell, she needs to make sure her weight is on the back and outside of her foot for better balance, control and to activate her glutes while not over-stressing her knee. She brings the opposite leg up in front of her to about waist level and pauses emphasizing balance. Be sure if you do squats that your weight is also on the backs and outsides of your feet. I see far too many people coming forward onto the balls of their feet and that loads the knees unnecessarily.
On a side note, happily I think at age 63 we are both still defying our age. I know I do simply because I act like a kid most of the time. Kidding! But truthfully, I’m not kidding. I just love goofing around a little AND staying on top of my game as a Strength & Conditioning Specialist and Precision Nutrition Coach. I am also getting super busy and I’m super happy that everyone is taking charge of their fitness sooner than later. Hooray and Happy New Year again!