We’re going to do single leg straight kick, a great exercise for abdominal strength and pelvis stability, the muscles needed to help protect your lower back.

This video has not been modified for injury or chronic pain issues. Please talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise routine. You want to skip this exercise if you are in any acute pain in your back or neck.

All right, so we start on our backs, in a tabletop position. On the inhale we prepare, and on the exhale, we go into the upper ab curl as we extend our legs. Make sure that you really feel the front of your abs working, and the deep neck flexors because you don’t want to   strain the back of your neck or your upper back.

Inhale twice through the nose, exhale twice out the mouth, and switch legs. All the while, making sure that your pelvis isn’t moving. Lower your leg down only as far as you can without your pelvis shifting.

The purpose and intention of this exercise is to stabilize the pelvis. Keep your pelvis very still so you know you’re effectively working your deep stabilizing muscles.

It’s not about how low the leg goes, or how high the leg goes. It’s really about what you can do to maintain the stability of your pelvis and keep the integrity of the front line of the body working.

You don’t want to feel any strain in the back of the neck, in the upper back, or the lower back. You really want to feel like this exercise is happening all in the midline of the body because this is an abdominal exercise.

When you feel that ache and burn, rest and do another set if you’re up for it.

That’s the single straight leg kick.
Have fun with that.

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