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Straight-Legged Sit-Ups

Straight-Legged Sit-Ups
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Exercise Description

Main Target Muscles


Secondary Target Muscles


Workout Type


Gym Gear

Dumbbell, Kettlebell or None

Fitness Level




Power Move 


Target Muscle: Abs

Straight-Legged Sit-Ups 

Sit up is the classic abdominal exercise. It builds your packs heavily without requiring any free weights. However, the classic version requires a partner to hold your feet as you perform the move. With the straight-legged sit up variation, you build the abs just the same, but you can do it all alone. 

How to Do It

  1. Lie down straight on the floor with legs fully stretched out straight.
  2. Do not bend the legs at knees as in the classic sit ups.
  3. Place your hands on your chest keeping your head in a relaxed, supine position.
  4. Inhale, squeeze your abs, and lift your upper body off the floor.
  5. Slowly lower your body back to the original position once your torso has been perpendicular to it.
  6. Completion of the number of repetitions required.

Sit up Tips

  1. To improve your mind-muscle connection, exhale as if you are blowing out candles.
  2. You can choose to do more anti-extension or anti-rotation movements if your lower back is bothering you.
  3. Avoid placing your hands behind your head, as this can cause strain to the neck.

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