How to do a Scissor Kick

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About Scissor Kick

Sets Logged
2,467,075
Popularity Rank
62nd
Difficulty
Beginner
Abs Strength
98 mSCORE 7th
Equipment Required
    Bodyweight-only
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Scissor Kicks are a bodyweight, core exercise that involve raising your feet off the ground, and kicking your legs up and down. By raising your legs off the ground, you’re already working your core. By continually alternating which leg is raised, you’re constantly forced to keep your core engaged for stability as well as to keep each leg raised.

  1. Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms at your sides with your palms facing down.
  2. Brace your core by breathing into your stomach and flexing your abdominal muscles to prevent your lower back from lifting off of the ground.
  3. Raise your right leg 2-3” above the ground and your left leg 45 degrees from the floor keeping them both extended with slight knee flexion.
  4. Lower your left leg to 2-3” above the ground while simultaneously raising your right leg up to 45 degrees.
  5. Continue alternating for allotted repetitions or time.

Common Mistakes

  • Dropping Your Heels

    Don’t allow your heels to drop between reps. Keep them elevated throughout the entire exercise. You would be able to perform more reps by giving yourself some time to rest between reps, however it will make this exercise less effective. Focus on keeping your core engaged, and your legs elevated.

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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