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V Ups

May 16, 2023 | Joel Runyon

This advanced, core-blasting exercise will leave your abs begging for mercy. Beginners may find the V-Up too challenging without the requisite conditioning. If this is the case, try the Tanner/Straight Leg Sit Up until you feel more comfortable with this movement.

How to do V Ups

Start by lying on your back on a comfortable mat with your legs extended straight out and your heels touching the ground. Keep your lower back planted firmly against the floor.

Extend your arms above your head (so they are parallel with the floor). In a simultaneous motion, bring your arms forward to use as momentum at the same time you start to raise your legs upwards. Keep your neck and back straight as you start to sit up and your feet continue towards the direction of the ceiling.

Continue to raise your torso and legs until your body forms a “V” position, balancing your body with only your buttocks against the mat. Try to touch your feet with your fingers.

Pause for a second and then lower your torso and legs back down to their original lying position.

Your arms will descend along with your body until they drop backwards behind your head, priming you for the next V-Up. This counts as one rep. Perform as many V-Ups as you can until failure.

V Ups Video Demonstration

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Joel Runyon

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