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Scissor Kick

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Type: Stretching
Main Muscle Worked: Abdominals
Equipment: Body Only
Mechanics Type: Isolation
Level: Beginner
Sport: No
Force: Pull
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Scissor Kick Guide

Main Muscle: Abdominals

  1. To begin, lie down with your back pressed against the floor or on an exercise mat (optional). Your arms should be fully extended to the sides with your palms facing down. Note: The arms should be stationary the entire time.
  2. With a slight bend at the knees, lift your legs up so that your heels are about 6 inches off the ground. This is the starting position.
  3. Now lift your left leg up to about a 45 degree angle while your right leg is lowered until the heel is about 2-3 inches from the ground.
  4. Switch movements by raising your right leg up and lowering your left leg. Remember to breathe while performing this exercise.
  5. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Variation: As you get more advanced, you can wear ankle weights for resistance.



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Review: Scissor Kick

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9/10

Jan 21, 2014 3:15 PM: This movement will target the lower abdominal area. Sometimes I will also feel it in my hip flexors.



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10/10

Oct 24, 2013 1:33 AM: Do slow or fast - aim to be busy in the set for about 1 minute - 12reps slow - 80 fast - cross over and under your feet for variety - Try it - feels as though top to bottom of abdominals are utilized! :)



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Aug 9, 2012 7:33 PM: this makes no sense; the rectus abdomins ,along with the obliques, main function is flexion of the trunk. this isnt flexing the trunk or rotating it one bit



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10/10

Nov 12, 2011 5:22 AM: start with your feet 6 inches off the ground and pump it out. Go for failure, pause for 10 seconds, then push out again for failure again. Keep going until you can't do no more. Excellent support workout for helping on running.



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Tip: Scissor Kick

Exercise Rating
8/10

Jan 7, 2010 12:46 PM: If you can, bring the high leg up as much as you can, fighting to get your toes facing towards your chest. Also hold this position for a while (1-3 sec. if you can) before switching legs. It's harder but so much more useful.



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