Ice Skaters (Lv 2)
Balance on your right leg with your left leg lifted, parallel to the ground in front of you. Extend your right arm out to the side for balance if needed, and place your left forearm on the small of your back to keep it out of the way.
Keep both your legs and your torso as straight as you can, and draw a half circle with your left leg - starting in front of your body and ending directly behind your body. Pause momentarily before reversing the motion to end with your left leg again in front of your body. Keep your leg lifted as high as you can throughout the entire range of motion.
Complete all repetitions and then switch sides to draw a half circle with the opposite leg. Making a circle from front to back and then back to the front is one repetition.
In this version of Ice Skaters, the objective is to keep your lifted leg as high as possible as you make the semi-circle. This is a great advanced way to challenge and improve balance and lower body strength. The movement not only builds balance, it also tones your abdominals, obliques, and thighs and glutes. Ice Skaters also challenge your ankle, hip, and torso stability, which offers multiple fitness and health benefits.