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V Up

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How to do a V Up

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs straight, feet together, and arms extended behind your head. Your heels, thighs, butt, upper back, shoulders, head, and forearms should be in contact with the floor.
  2. Take a deep breath, engage your abs, and initiate the movement by simultaneously raising your torso and legs toward one another.
  3. As you raise your torso and legs, keep your arms in line with your upper body.
  4. Near the end of the repetition, allow your arms to lean toward your legs slightly and tap your shins with your fingers.
  5. As you exhale, slowly unfold yourself back to the starting position.
  6. Take another breath and repeat.


Many trainees make the big mistake with this exercise to reach too far forward with their arms and limit the torso’s movement. To make the exercise as effective as possible, keep your arms extended and stationary throughout most of each repetition and only extend them forward slightly near the top. That way, you’ll be able to maximize rectus abdominis engagement and keep your technique in check.

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