This exercise is challenging for those with less flexibility but great for working the hip flexors while using abdominals to stabilize.
- Start this exercise by lying flat on your back on a mat. Legs should be straight out in front of you, and arms to the sides. Lift one leg straight up in the air, supporting it with both hands.
- Exhale, and switch legs by slowly kicking the opposite leg up, and sending your other leg to the floor. This completes one rep. Make sure to keep your head on the mat. Keep switching legs as you inhale and exhale. Try not to let your legs completely touch the floor when they come down.
Finish intended reps, and return to initial start position.
- Recommended reps: 10-12 and increase as you progress with this exercise.