Exercise Library

Sit-Up



The sit-up is the most basic trunk and hip flexion ab exercise.
 
 
Execution
 
Lie supine on the floor with the knees and hips bent to place the feet flat on the floor (the feet can be anchored under a weight or rack). Hold the fingers at the sides of the head. Crunch the trunk and then lift it to bring it upright. Return to lying flat while maintaining tension on the abs and repeat.
 
 
Purpose
 
The sit-up is a basic but effective trunk and hip flexion exercise for trunk stability.
 
 
Programming
 
Sit-ups should be done for sets of 10-30+ reps; weighted sit-ups can be done for sets of 8-15 reps.
 
 
Variations
 
The sit-up can be done with or without the feet anchored, with additional weight (ideally held behind the head/neck), with slow tempos, on a decline bench and with pauses in a partially-sitting position.
 
 
See Also
 
Decline Sit-up
Crunch
 




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