This week is leg week. We did a version of this exercise to work out our core (W is for Core Strength – 4/24/13); here, it will work the back of your legs and glutes. Just make sure you keep your core strong and pulled in so that you do not strain your lower back.
Backward “W”Begin on your hands and knees; pull your belly in to support your lower back, open your chest, and lift your head up. Maintaining this position, straighten your right leg out behind you, extending out through your foot while tightening up all your leg muscles. From here you are simply going to “write” a W in the air – bring your leg up crossing to the left, center, and out toward the right. In class I simply call out: left, down; middle, down; right, down; middle, down. Make sure to control the down to get the most out of the workout. Since you are lifting your leg in multiple harder-directions, you will work of your leg muscles (including those-to-reach inner and outer muscles) along with your bootie and core. Go for 5-10 reps on each side; repeat for 1-2 more rounds.