This website is not affiliated with the U.S. government or military. All proceeds from the operation of this site are donated to veteran and other charities.



1. The Side Straddle Hop is a four-count exercise done at a moderate cadence.

2. At normal cadence, this exercise will look as follows.

3. The Side Straddle Hop, Start position, MOVE.

4. In Cadence, EXERCISE.

5. 1-2-3-1, 1-2-3-2, 1-2-3-HALT.

6. Position of attention, MOVE.


7. The Swimmer.

8. I will explain the start position to you.

9. On the command of execution MOVE, of Start position, MOVE, lie prone with feet together and with the arms together and extended forward in front of the body. Keep the arms and legs straight at all times during the exercise.

10. Start Position, MOVE.

11. By-the-numbers.

12. On count one, move the right arm and left leg up. Ready, ONE.

13. On count two, return to the start position. Ready, TWO.

14. On count three, move the left arm and right leg up. Ready, THREE.

15. On count four, return to the start position. Ready, FOUR.

16. Without the numbers. Position of attention, MOVE. AT EASE.


17. At Normal Cadence. The Swimmer.

18. Start position, MOVE.

19. In Cadence, EXERCISE.

20. 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3, 1-2-3- HALT.

21. Position of attention, MOVE. AT EASE.

22. What are your questions pertaining to this exercise with or without the by-the numbers method of instruction

Important Information: We strive to provide information on this website that is accurate, complete and timely, but we make no guarantees about the information, the selection of schools, school accreditation status, the availability of or eligibility for financial aid, employment opportunities or education or salary outcomes. Visit here for important information on these topics.