Move Targets: Core and Lats
Step 1: Lie on your stomach on an exercise mat or floor with your elbows close to your sides and directly under your shoulders, palms down and fingers facing forward. Slowly lift your torso and thighs off the floor or mat. Keep your torso and legs rigid. Do not allow any sagging in your ribcage or low back. Avoid hiking your hips into the air or bending the knees. Keep the shoulders away from the ears (no shrugging). The shoulders should be directly over your elbows with your palms facing down through the entire exercise.
Step 2: Continue to breathe, keeping the abdominals strong while holding this position. Then, slide the legs away from the midline of the body about 6 to 12 inches. Do not pike the hips or let them sag. Pull them back to the starting position and repeat. Tip: If you experience any pain in the low back with this movement, stop the exercise immediately and consult with your doctor.
Modification: Slide one leg out at a time or drop to the knees sliding one leg out at a time.
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