STEP DOWN WITH BODY WEIGHT ONLY
Begin by standing on a bench that is about 10 to 12 inches high. Using only body weight, lift the left leg and slowly lower toward the floor. Be mindful of the torso and maintain integrity throughout the movement. Do not let the weight of the left leg drop to the floor; simply tap the heel first, before relaxing the weight of the body to the floor. Step back onto the bench and repeat; work both sides.
STEP DOWN WITH LOAD
Once the step down has been mastered using body weight only, add an external load such as dumbbells.