Leg Scissor Cross. How-to, proper form and tips

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The Scissor variations are alternatives to the Flutter Kicks, strengthening abs with an easy exercise. Being an easy move makes it ideal for beginners and can easily be adapted by increasing the number of repetitions.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Lie down on your back, hands facing the ground near the hips.
  2. Raise both legs up to 45 degrees, keeping them straight.
  3. Open the legs maintaining the 45 degree angle. This is the starting position.
  4. Close them and cross them one over the other.
  5. Again, open then returning to the starting position.

Hints & tips:

  • Avoid bending your knees.
  • You may place the hands slightly under the glutes to make the position more comfortable.
  • Extend feet inline with the straight leg.


  • Easy core exercise where repetitions can be increased for major effect.
  • A strong core improves balance and posture, facilitating many daily moves.

Counting & gamification:

  • Count each time the legs are opened.
  • Start small cycles of 20 repetitions, increase as you feel comfortable.
  • Exercise can be done every time you lay down, such as in bed or by the sun.
  • Because it's an easy exercise it allows challenges of big numbers, such as 10 000 repetitions for one month.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Abs

Secondary muscles: Lowerback, Quads

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • Leg Scissor Cross
  • Horizontal Leg Scissor Cross

Flutter Kick Style

Muscle: Abs

Collection: Crunch Variations

Category: Bodyweight