Primary muscles: Abs
Secondary muscles: Hip flexors, quads
Equipment: No equipment
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Bird dogs
SCISSOR KICKS INSTRUCTIONS
1. Lie on your back with your hands by your sides or place them underneath your glutes.
2. Lift your legs and alternate crossing your feet on top of each other.
3. Repeat until set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Breathe slowly, engage your core by pulling your belly in toward the spine and keep your legs straight. Avoid arching the back, your lower back should be pressed against the floor during the entire movement.
Adding scissor kicks to your workout routine helps to strengthen your core and develop several muscle groups in your torso and hips. By building a stronger core you’re improving your stability, posture and balance, which in turn protects your spine and reduces the risk of back pain.
SETS AND REPS
Start with 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions and, to increase the challenge, pair horizontal scissor kicks with vertical scissor kicks.
To calculate the number of calories burned doing scissor kicks, enter your weight and the duration of the exercise: