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Lying 45-Degree Abduction with Band Exercise

Lying 45-Degree Abduction with Band

Starting Position Lie flat on your back and place your feet hip-distance apart on a resistance band, holding the handles in each hand, anchoring your upper arm and elbows to the floor next to your torso, and slowly extending your legs straight up in line with your hips. Keeping your lower back and spine in a neutral position, engage your abs and lower your legs toward the floor as far as you can without allowing your lower back or hips to lift off the mat.

Action EXHALE: Keeping feet parallel, legs straight and arms stationary, use outer thights to push outward against the resistance band, opening legs wider than the hips.

INHALE: Slowly return to the starting position to complete one rep.

Special Instructions Keep abs tight and upper body stationary. Avoid turning legs or feet inward or outward.

Make it harder: Bring feet together at the very center of the band for the starting position to increase the resistance.

Muscles Worked: Outer thighs, Hips, Abs