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Lying Scissors Cross

Lying Scissors Cross

The Lying Scissors Cross is a challenging and dynamic exercise that targets your abdominal muscles, specifically the rectus abdominis and the obliques. This exercise is great for strengthening your core, improving stability, and increasing overall body control. As the name suggests, it involves lying on your back with your legs extended and crossing them in a scissor-like motion. The Lying Scissors Cross can be performed on a yoga mat or any comfortable surface. It is important to maintain proper form and engage your core throughout the entire movement. This exercise requires control and focus to prevent any strain or injury. By including the Lying Scissors Cross in your workout routine, you can enhance your core strength and stability, leading to better overall balance and posture. It can also help to improve your functional movement patterns, making daily activities easier and more efficient. However, it's important to note that this exercise may not be suitable for individuals with lower back issues or those who are new to exercising. As with any exercise, it is always advisable to listen to your body and consult with a fitness professional before integrating new movements into your routine.


  • Start by lying flat on your back on a mat or a comfortable surface.
  • Extend your arms along your sides, palms facing down.
  • Lift both of your legs off the ground, keeping them straight.
  • Cross one leg over the other, aiming to bring your feet as close to the ground as possible without letting them touch.
  • Pause for a moment, then uncross your legs and cross the opposite leg over the other.
  • Continue crossing your legs back and forth in a scissor-like motion for the desired number of repetitions or time.
  • Engage your core and maintain a stable torso throughout the exercise.
  • Remember to breathe steadily and exhale as you cross your legs.
  • Repeat the exercise for the recommended number of sets and reps.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure you have a good quality exercise mat or soft surface to lie on.
  • Engage your core by pulling your belly button towards your spine throughout the exercise.
  • Focus on maintaining a controlled and steady pace, rather than rushing through the movement.
  • Keep your lower back in contact with the ground throughout the exercise to avoid strain.
  • Breathe rhythmically by exhaling as you extend your legs and inhaling as you bring them back towards your chest.
  • Start with smaller scissor movements, gradually increasing the range of motion as you build strength and flexibility.
  • Maintain proper form by keeping your legs straight and toes pointed throughout the exercise.
  • Modify the exercise by placing your hands underneath your hips for added support if needed.
  • Challenge yourself by adding ankle weights or resistance bands to increase the intensity of the exercise.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks as needed to prevent overexertion and reduce the risk of injury.


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