Roman Chair Sit-Ups

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Roman sit-ups
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, advanced
  • Equipment: Roman chair
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, hips, lower back, thigh
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4 with 12-18 reps each
  • Variations: Weighted Roman chair sit-ups
  • Alternative: None

The Roman chair sit-ups are one of the hardest sit-up variations, performed by positioning yourself comfortably on the Roman chair abdominal bench. These sit-ups require stronger muscles to keep the torso in a proper position, and thus can only be done by those who have perfected the traditional or the incline version of sit-ups.

Roman Chair Sit-Ups Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Roman sit-ups
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, advanced
  • Equipment: Roman chair
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, hips, lower back, thigh
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 3-4 with 12-18 reps each
  • Variations: Weighted Roman chair sit-ups
  • Alternative: None

How to do Roman Chair Sit-Ups

Roman Chair Sit Ups

Make sure to perform the movement slowly and keep your back upright while lowering your upper body as well as lifting it back. Do not perform the exercise using the moment, use your abdominal strength to drive through the movement instead.

Roman Sit-Ups Tips

  • Secure your feet properly under the foot pad to prevent back pain and injury.
  • If the exercise is too difficult for you, place your arms further away from your head, (preferably across your chest) to make the movement a little easier.

Variation with Weights

The weighted variety is similar to the traditional Roman chair sit-ups, except that it is performed by holding a weight plate near your chest. It makes the movement much more challenging.

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