This exercise strengthens the abdominals, whilst challenging pelvic stability
Lie supine on the floor with the pelvis in neutral. The arms are down by the sides of the body on the floor. Inhale to prepare and exhale to engage the core abdominals and raise one foot at a time of the floor until the knees are bent at around 90 degrees above the hips.
Inhale – to prepare
Exhale – to engage the core abdominals, and lower the thighs away from the body so that the feet come towards the floor as far as a neutral pelvis can be maintained. The angle at the knee remains at around 90 degrees throughout
Inhale – to open out the knees and feet to shoulder width apart
Exhale – to maintain core engagement and return the legs back towards the body until the knees are once again above the hips
Inhale – to close the legs and return to the start position. The legs effectively make the shape of a square.
Core abdominals, oblique abdominals, rectus abdominis, hip flexors
Ensure that the pelvis remains in a neutral position throughout
Ensure the neck stays long and the shoulders stay away from the ears
Only move the legs away as far as a neutral pelvis can be maintained
Ensure the angle at the knee does not change. Maintain a 90 degree angle throughout
This same exercise may be performed with one foot on the floor and one leg in the air
Only push one leg away from the body if the weight of two legs is too much
The arms may be in the air, directly above the shoulders (easier), or outstretched behind the head (harder).
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