This is an intermediate version of the lying down scissor kicks exercise. This exercise is great for working the hip flexors while using the 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 your shoulders off the mat as you lift one leg straight up in the air, supporting it with both hands.
- Exhale, and switch legs by slowly bringing the opposite leg up, and sending your other leg towards the floor. Keep switching legs as you inhale and exhale. Try not to let your legs touch the floor when they come down.
- Finish intended reps, and return to initial start position.
- Recommended reps: 10-12 reps to start and increase as you progress.