Toe Touches Video

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Toe Touches Description

Step 1. Lie flat on your back with your legs and arms extended straight up.

Step 2. Use your upper abdominals to raise hands towards your toes.

Step 3. Then, lower your shoulders letting your shoulder blades lightly touch the floor. Repeat the movement until you complete your set.


Toe touches are a core exercise that primarily works the upper abs, while also providing a secondary workout to the lower abs. The lower abs will be engaged throughout because the legs are held in an upward position. A common mistake when performing this exercises is to relax the ab muscles between repetitions. When trying to touch the toes, the user should be sure to use the ab muscles to do this, rather than stretching the arms or shoulders. This exercise is a safe exercise for those with back problems to perform because the low back is flat and stationary through the movement.

Toe Touches 1

Toe Touches 2

Updated: April 11th, 2015