Exercise Library

V-Up



The V-up is an ab and hip flexor exercise that can be considered an advanced variation of the jack knife.
 
 
Execution
 
Lie on the floor with the legs extended straight and your arms extended overhead. Simultaneously perform a sit-up with the trunk and lift your legs with straight knees, reaching the hands up to touch the toes as you create a V shape with the body. Your balance should be such that you can pause when the hands and feet meet and hold this position. Return to an extended body position without allowing the heels to touch the floor in between reps.
 
 
Purpose
 
The V-up trains both strength and stamina of the ab and hip flexors, and provides a more challenging variation of the sit-up and jack knife.  
 
 
Programming
 
The V-up should be performed for sets of 10-30+ and will generally be more of a stamina exercise with higher reps.
 
 
Variations
 
The V-up can be performed by bending the knees and with the hands on the head, bringing the knees and elbows together, making the exercise a jack knife.
 
 
See Also
 
Jack knife
Hanging leg raise




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