Exercise Guide

Half Sit-up

Rectus Abdominis
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optional:Fitness Mat
Variations available (16)
Starting PositionExecution

General And Specifics

  • the well known ab exercise Sit-up is not really effective and cause injuries in the spine region if not executed exactly
  • due to these facts, we will leave out this exercise
  • in opposite to the sit-up, the half sit-up is an intensive way to work out the core

Starting Position

  • sit down on the floor or a fitness mat
  • the legs are rectangular and the heels positioned hip width apart on the ground
  • the tiptoes point up
  • keep the upper body upright and tilt it back a little
  • cross the arms in front of the upper body

Correct Execution

  • brace the abs
  • lean backward slowly and controlled
  • stop the movement before you cannot go back without momentum and the legs lift off the ground
  • your head remains in extension to the spine
  • do not roll in the back
  • hold the final position for a bit to impede the exercise
  • come back to the starting position, without taking all of the tension from the abs
  • afterwards, repeat this movement several times

tips for the workout

  1. you can ease the core exercise by placing the hands on the thighs and pulling your upper body towards them
  2. if you hold the arms up in extension to the upper body, you can increase the level of difficulty
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Rectus Abdominis, Core, Abs, Strength