How to do an Alternating Heel Touch

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About Alternating Heel Touch

Sets Logged
534,098
Popularity Rank
189th
Difficulty
Beginner
Abs Strength
97 mSCORE 10th
Equipment Required
    Bodyweight-only
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Alternating Heel Touch is a bodyweight, core exercise that involves laying on the ground and reaching towards your heel on either side. By raising your shoulder blades off the ground, you’re already engaging your core, while reaching towards either side helps to engage your obliques.

  1. Lay on your back with your feet planted onto the ground and knees pointed towards the ceiling or sky.
  2. Position your arms to the side.
  3. Brace your core and raise your shoulders off the ground while keeping your neck in a neutral position.
  4. Bring one hand as close to the heel of the same side as possible and then repeat the movement for the other side.

Common Mistakes

  • Shoulders Off the Ground

    Keep your abs engaged, and shoulders off the ground for the duration of the exercise, especially as you become fatigued. Allowing your shoulders to drop will help you perform this exercise for more reps, but it will reduce the effectiveness.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    3
    sets
    9
    reps
    1 Set Max
    10
    reps
  • intermediate
    4
    sets
    9
    reps
    11
    reps
  • advanced
    4
    sets
    10
    reps
    12
    reps

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