The Sunday News
Target Body Part:
Abs, Butt/Hips, Legs – Thighs
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. Brace your torso by engaging your abdominal /core muscles. Contract your glutes and quadriceps (butt and thigh muscles), and align your head with your spine. Place your feet together with your toes tucked towards your shins.
Rotational Movement: Exhale and gently draw one knee up toward its corresponding armpit. 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 knee across the front of your torso toward its opposite armpit. Do not hike or drop 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 the hip in the opposite direction (away from your torso), until your hips cannot rotate any further without movement in your spine. Your bent knee is pointing away from your body. Your head and shoulder should remain level throughout the exercise. — acefitness.org