Scissor Kicks Exercise
Transverse Abdominal Exercises Video Series
The scissor kicks
exercise is one that engages the transverse abdominals as well as the
rectus abdominis and obliques.
So this one exercise is a full abdominal
workout. In addition to these stomach muscles, the hip flexors are also engaged.
You want to ensure that you do this one correctly otherwise you could
be putting some strain on your lower back.
stomach exercise can be easily adapted for your fitness levels.
Beginners can keep their legs at a 45 degree angle and their knees bent.
lower your legs and the straighter, the more advanced the workout. You
can also either point your toes or flex the toes when doing this move.
By flexing, you are adding more challenge and working those muscles
Your legs will make a scissor like movement with this exercise, hence
Remember if you start to feel pain in your lower back, check your
position to ensure you are not putting additional strain on the
Exercise 4 - Scissor Kicks
This isotonic abdominal exercise
engages primarly the transverse abdominal and hip flexors. Proper form
is critical to ensure you are not putting undue strain on your lower
Lay down on the mat and place your hands, palms down, under your glutes
with knees bent and feet on the floor.
- Now stretch your legs straight out keeping your upper body
stable and flat to the floor.
- Lift your feet off the ground about 3 inches with toes
flexed for more challenge). Lift higher for beginners and bend at the
- Alternating legs, kick your legs up and down. So, one leg
goes up and the other goes down simultaneously.
- Make sure to breath as you do this exercise. Do this for
several kicks and then relax.
- Repeat for a couple more sets.
Watch the video below to ensure you are doing this exercise
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