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How to Do Scissors Abs

No Equipment Necessary: Scissor Abs

If you're having lower back pain or are looking for a way to strengthen your abs in a relaxing way, try this exercise. It'll also strengthen your quads and loosen tight hips and hamstrings.

  • Lie flat on your back. You can extend your arms so they're against the sides of your body with your palms pressing into the floor, or you can bend your elbows and place your palms under the back of your head.
  • Bend your knees and draw them into your ribs. This will make it easier to pull your navel in towards your spine and actively press your lower back flat on the ground.
  • Lift both legs straight up toward the ceiling, continuing to engage your abs and press your lower back into the ground.
  • Keeping your core strong, slowly lower your right leg down toward the ground, until it is a few inches above. Then scissor your legs, so you lift your right leg back up as you lower your left leg down towards the ground.
  • Keep the movements slow and steady, moving with control, and keeping your core engaged the entire time, and your lower back pressing into the floor.
  • You may not feel this until you do it for a while, so repeat this move for a total of 20 to 30 times on each leg (or more if you're still not feeling it).

Photos: Megan Wolfe Photography at J+K Fitness Studio

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KittyFistpumps KittyFistpumps 5 years
Nice I will be tryin this first thing in the AM!
raieven raieven 9 years
going to try this tonight!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I'm going to try this one tonight looks like something that'll really challenge my abs.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 9 years
I like these no equipment necessary exercises, especially since I can get bored on machines and these are easy ways of getting some exercise right at home.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I'll be doing these tonight.
bibelot bibelot 9 years
Oooh, this looks like a good workout. I'm always looking for more ab exercises, so I'll give this a try tonight!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
AMP - Bending your knees is definitely OK. As long as you're feeling this move in your abs, then it's all good!
AMP AMP 9 years
its so hard for me to do exercises where my legs are supposed to be straight in the air b/c my hamstrings are so tight. i usually have to do a modified version with my legs bent a little. i was trying to do these in abs class last night, but still had to bend. hopefully someday.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
Love this exercise...and the music. Thanks, Fit!
rpenner rpenner 9 years
I'm definitely adding this to my routine. Looks like an excellent exercise
nancita nancita 9 years
I have tried this before but forgotten about it...thanks for the reminder. It's much harder than it looks, which is a good thing.
ffemt1201 ffemt1201 9 years
yeah, i'm going to try that tonight ;-)
sprgrl89 sprgrl89 9 years
Looks like a great exercise. I am going to added to my routine.
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