How to do Steam Engine

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Difficulty: Easy

Impact Level: Normal

Target Body Parts: abs, glutes, quadriceps


Start in a standing position with your feet at shoulder width and your hands interlaced behind your head.

From here, lower your left elbow down and across your chest as you lift your right knee up and in to your chest so that your left elbow and right knee connect. As they touch, squeeze your abs and obliques to push your elbow down into your knee.

Then return your right foot to the floor and stand upright again, before repeating the movement on the other side with your right elbow and left knee.

How to make Steam Engine easier

Try our Elbow to Knee exercise for a easier seated version. Then progress to Standing Side Crunches to build up strength for this exercise.

How to make Steam Engine more challenging

From this exercise progress to our Supine Bicycle exercise for a more intense challenge for the abs.

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