We love this move for so many reasons. First and foremost, it is helpful in opening up and strengthening your hips, spine, glutes and legs. By consistently practicing this exercise, you will improve your body’s power, speed, overall endurance and flexibility. Do this as a warm-up exercise before your actual workout to reap its many rewards.
Channel Your Inner Scorpion
Lay on your stomach with your hands spread out to your sides and your head facing down. While keeping one leg straight, lift your other leg up and bend it at the knee. Keep that leg held high and bring it across your body, close to your hands. The other side of your body will naturally lift up. Return to the starting position and repeat. Aim for three sets of eight to 12 reps on each side.
Heather Wilson-Phillips is an online fitness expert and personality, a published fitness model and writer and a transformation coach. She is the owner of The Fitness Empire and creator of the 30 Day Fierce N’ 30 Challenge. Heather is a certified fitness and nutrition coach, lifestyle and weight management specialist, sports nutritionist, group fitness instructor, personal fitness chef and former Canadian sprinter.