Body Part: Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs – Thighs
Equipment: No Equipment
This exercise is a dynamic movement exercise used to prepare the body for activity. As it involves a modification to a traditional push-up, it is highly recommended you master your push-up technique before attempting this exercise.
Starting Position: Kneel on an exercise mat and bring your feet together behind you. Slowly bend forward to place your palms flat on the mat, positioning your hands shoulder-width apart with your fingers facing forward or turned slightly inward. Slowly shift your weight forward until your shoulders are positioned directly over your hands. Reposition your hands as needed to allow full extension of your body without any bend at the hips or knees. Stiffen your torso by contracting your abdominal / core muscles (“bracing”)and glutes and quadriceps (butt and thigh muscles), and align your head with your spine. Place your feet together with your ankles dorsiflexed (toes pointed towards your shins).
Rotational Movement: Exhale and gently draw one knee up towards your chest, bending the knee and flexing at the hip. Do NOT allow your hips and low back to pitch upwards or sag down towards the floor.
In this knee-tuck position, rotate your hips to move your bent leg across the front of your torso, but avoid rotating or dropping your hips. Continue to move until your hips cannot rotate any further. Your head and shoulder should remain level throughout the exercise. Pause very briefly.
Rotate in the opposite direction (away from your torso), rotating until your hips cannot rotate any further without movement in your spine. Your head and shoulder should remain level throughout the exercise.