How to Do the Flutter Kicks Ab Exercise


Flutter kicks are an intense abdominal exercise. It may not seem like much of a challenge at first, but the challenge will become readily apparent as the seconds turn into minutes.

  • Lie flat on your back, with your arms resting palms down by your sides.

  • Lift your heels about 6 to 12 inches off of the floor. Keep your legs straight.

  • Move your legs up and down, in small, rapid and scissor-like motions. Use your arms to stabilize you, but keep your back flat against the floor.

  • Keep your abdominal muscles contracted throughout the exercise -- they should be doing most of the work.

  • Perform flutter kicks until you reach fatigue; or use a set number of repetitions. Beginners should perform two sets of 10 reps with each leg, while an advanced flutter-kick workout would be two sets of 12 reps.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can alter the intensity of the exercise by changing the size of the kicks, or the height you hold your feet off the ground.

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