The exercise involves lying on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground, then lifting your upper body off the ground towards your knees while keeping your hands behind your head or crossed over your chest. This targets the abdominal muscles and can help improve core strength and stability.
Sit Up Instructions
- Start by lying flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the ground.
- Place your hands behind your head, with your elbows pointing out to the sides.
- Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button towards your spine.
- Lift your head, neck, and shoulders off the ground, while keeping your lower back pressed into the floor.
- Exhale as you lift up, and inhale as you lower back down.
- Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
Sit Up Form & Visual
Sit Up Benefits
- Strengthens abdominal muscles
- Improves core stability
- Helps improve posture
- May help reduce lower back pain
- Can be done without equipment
- Can be modified for different fitness levels
Sit Up Muscles Worked
- Rectus abdominis
- Transverse abdominis
- Hip flexors
Sit Up Variations & Alternatives
- Reverse crunches
- Oblique crunches
- Leg raises
- Bicycle crunches
- Plank with hip dips
- Russian twists
- Medicine ball sit-ups
- Weighted sit-ups