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Sofa Olympian (or, How to do a Tripod Scissors Kick)

Senior editor Laine Bergeson is going for gold in the Sofa Olympics!

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Watching winter Olympians push their bodies to the limits while I lay supine on my sofa has made me feel, well, if not lazy, at least not terrifically ambitious. Soooooo … now I’m watching ski jumping and ice dancing from side plank or while doing triceps pushups.

Yeah, I know what you’re thinking: Laine, can your body handle this strenuous workout? How can you hit your fifth pushup without collapsing? Do you wear a helmet when you do crow pose? I mean, did you see that female Slopestyler who cracked her helmet?!?!”

Join me in my quest to be the most decorated Sofa Olympian of all time. Here’s an easy-to-do-on-your-living-room-floor bodyweight exercise. (Spoiler alert: This is from a forthcoming, all-bodyweight core workout we’re doing in a future issue. Look for the full workout in a couple months!)

Tripod Scissors Kick

  1. Start in a plank position on your hands with your feet in a wide stance (the wider, the more challenging).
  2. Extend your right hip to lift your right foot off the floor, then move your right leg (still elevated) inward to hip width. Move your leg back outward, contracting your glute. Continue the movement for 40 seconds, then return your foot to the ground.
  3. Rest for 20 seconds, then repeat on the left side.

Do as many sets as desired before the ice dancing comes back on!

Modified version: Keep your feet at hip width and alternate lifting the left and right leg.

… And for even more ways to train, click here.

We are champions!

TELL US: What’s your favorite Olympic sport to watch? What’s your favorite bodyweight exercise? Comment below or tweet us at @ExperienceLife. 

 

Laine Bergeson is an Experience Life senior editor.

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