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Thread the needle

Set Up: Sit tall on the floor, holding a towel with both hands while extending your arms in front of your chest.

Action: Lean back slightly, lifting and straightening your legs to bring both your legs and body into a V shape, as shown [A]. Slowly “thread” your feet back and forth, moving one leg over top of the other [B]; crossing each leg once counts as one rep. Repeat for two sets of 12 reps.

Expert: Linda LaRue, Los Angeles-based celebrity trainer and creator of the Core Transformer videos and exercise tube.