Lie on your back on a soft mat or carpet. Place your hands under your pelvis on eight side of your tailbone, palms down. Your lower back should be flat on the floor at the start of the exercise. Adjust your hand position to prevent your back from arching.
Raise your legs about eighteen inches off the floor - high enough that you can feel your lower back flat against the floor. Keep your legs slightly bent. If you tend to arch your back, bend your knees a bit more.
"Hinging" at the waist, raise your legs and pelvis until your feet point straight up. From here, thrust upward from you pelvis, as though you are stamping your feet on the ceiling. Drop straight down, going back to the starting position the same way you came up.
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