How to Do Scissor Kicks for the Obliques

If you're wondering how to add a little variety to your core workout, wonder no more, simply add scissor kicks. Scissor kicks are an effective exercise for strengthening not only the obliques, but the hard to reach lower abdominal muscles as well. Although a relatively simple exercise, performing this exercise can wreak havoc on your lower back if performed incorrectly. To prevent back injury or pain, it is essential that you maintain proper form when performing a scissor kick.

Step 1
Lie supine on the floor with your knees bent and arms resting at your sides. Flatten your lower back onto the floor by drawing your navel in toward your spine. Draw your knees into your chest before extending both legs above your hips.

Step 2
Maintain stability in your core and a flat back as you begin lowering your legs toward the floor. Pause when you feel your back start to rise off the floor.

Step 3
Carefully spread your legs wider than hip-width distance without releasing your abs. Begin the exercise by swinging both legs back in and past your midline, allowing your right leg cross above your left leg.

Step 4
Swing both legs back out to their starting position and repeat with your left leg crossing above your right. Continue to for 12 to 15 reps.

Step 5
Take your scissor kicks to the next level once you get stronger. Strap on a pair of ankle weights and perform the exercise with the same technique.

Step 6
Challenge yourself with prone stability ball scissors kicks. Lie with your stomach on top of a stability ball. Reach forward and put your hands on the floor in front of the ball for support. Lift your legs until they are parallel to the floor and start the kicking movement.

Things You'll Need

  • Ankle weights (optional)
  • Stability ball (optional)