Looking for a way to strengthen your abs and tone your thighs at the same time? Then you're going to love this fun exercise called resistance-band flutter kicks.
The picture above shows the easier version. Find out how to make this move more challenging below.
- Sit on a mat or carpeted floor. Loop one handle of the resistance band on either foot. Hold onto the middle of the tube with both hands, and lie on your back.
- Draw your naval toward your spine, and press your low spine into the floor to protect your lower back, and then lift both legs up, so they are almost pointing straight up toward the ceiling.
- Holding the band securely, scissor your legs up and down one at a time, starting with the left leg. Move slowly, and point your toes. Each time your right foot lowers down counts as one set. Complete 10 to 15 sets.
- To make this move more difficult, lower your legs, so they are about six to 10 inches above the floor. Make sure to keep your abs scooped when you work with your legs close to the ground. Scissor your legs for another 10 to 15 sets.
For all you Pilates folks out there, this exercise is similar to doing leg springs on the Cadillac, aka trap table .