I remember when I was younger, my sister used to go to all these dance classes with a professional choreographer telling them all what to do in terms of exercise and being in the best shape possible. The exercises seemed impossible yet years later I was the one attempting them, starting off slowly and building up to more challenging types.
Leg lifts are an example of these exercises. They can range from ‘pretty easy’ to ‘excruiatingly difficult’ depending on how challenging you’re able to make them. Therefore they can be attempted by anyone from a beginner, right up to a world-class athlete, as well as dancers.
This exercise strengthens your core and abdominal muscles and is well-worth attempting.
Start by lying on your gym mat with your feet together and arms by your side, shoulders flat on the floor.
Next, raise your legs off the ground, right up to a 90 degree angle above yourself. Ensure your feet remain together and your legs remain almost straight. Tighten your abs as your legs rise and you inhale through your nose.
Slowly lower your legs until they are almost touching the floor (and exhale) however don’t let your heels touch the floor. Repeat this movement for as long as possible and remember, the slower you are able to repeat each rep, the more control you have over the exercise, making it more difficult but much more effective.
If you’re starting out go for 3 sets of 10 reps, then add more reps or slow down the movements.
Let me know how you get on. Was it what you were expecting? Do you have any variations of this exercise to share?