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Scissors Kick

Scissors Kick

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Lie faceup on floor with legs extended over hips and arms by sides with palms down. Turn legs in and cross right leg over left to start. Then switch legs. Slowly lower legs to 45 degrees, continuing to scissor them. Scissor legs back to start position.

Slow Punches

Slow Punches

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Sit on floor with knees bent and ball pressed between thighs, holding backs of thighs with elbows bent out to sides. Round lower back, tuck pelvis, and squeeze glutes and inner thighs to start. Slowly extend left arm forward, rotating fist palm down at eye level. Switch sides; repeat.

Plank Diagonal

Plank Diagonal

A.

Start on floor in plank on palms with feet together. Draw right knee toward chest.

B.

Then extend leg back and out 45 degrees. Switch sides; repeat.

Extended Lift

Extended Lift

A.

Hold ball, and stand with heels together and toes turned out 45 degrees. Extend arms forward at chest height, and raise left leg to hip height. Bend knee slightly, point toes, and rotate leg inward to start.

B.

Straighten left leg, then pulse leg up to touch ball and lower to start position. Switch sides; repeat.

Plié Bend

Plié Bend

A.

Hold ball and stand with feet wide and toes turned out 45 degrees. Raise ball overhead, squat, and lift left heel to start.

B.

Keep arms straight and bend torso toward left, reaching ball over knee. Slowly pulse ball up 2 inches and down 2 inches. Switch sides; repeat.

Squat Hold

Squat Hold

A.

Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms by sides. Squat and extend arms straight out at shoulder height. Record the number of seconds you can hold position with excellent form (hip crease below parallel, knees pushed outward, chest lifted). Once you can go the full minute, do this exercise with arms overhead for more of a challenge.

V-Up

V-Up

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Lie faceup on floor with legs long and arms extended overhead to start. Curl head, neck, and shoulders up as you reach arms and legs up to meet, balancing on tailbone so body forms a V shape. Simultaneously lower arms and legs back to start position.

Lunge Kick

Lunge Kick

A.

Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms by sides. Step right leg back into a reverse lunge, bending both legs 90 degrees, bent right arm forward and bent left arm back to start.

B.

Push through left foot to stand on left leg, kicking right leg in front of you and driving left arm forward and right arm back. Return to start position and continue for 30 seconds. Switch sides; repeat.

Plank Jack

Plank Jack

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Start on floor in plank on palms with feet together. Without moving upper body or raising hips, hop feet wide. Hop feet back to start position.

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