Lying Scissor Kick

Lying Scissor Kick


This exercise involves lying on your back and lifting your legs off the ground. You then cross your legs over each other in a scissor-like motion, alternating which leg is on top. This targets the lower abs and hip flexors.

Muscle Group

Equipment Required

Lying Scissor Kick Instructions

  1. Start by lying flat on your back on a mat or comfortable surface.
  2. Place your hands by your sides, palms facing down.
  3. Extend your legs straight up towards the ceiling, keeping them together.
  4. Slowly lower your right leg towards the ground, keeping it straight.
  5. Stop when your leg is a few inches off the ground, then lift it back up to the starting position.
  6. Repeat the same movement with your left leg.
  7. Continue alternating legs for the desired number of repetitions or time.

Lying Scissor Kick Form & Visual

Lying Scissor Kick

Lying Scissor Kick Benefits

  • Strengthens the lower abdominal muscles
  • Improves hip flexibility
  • Helps to tone and shape the legs
  • Can be done anywhere without equipment
  • Low impact exercise that is easy on the joints

Lying Scissor Kick Muscles Worked

  • Rectus abdominis
  • Obliques
  • Hip flexors

Lying Scissor Kick Variations & Alternatives

  • Reverse Scissor Kick
  • Flutter Kicks
  • Leg Raises
  • Bicycle Crunches
  • Plank Scissor Kicks