Straight Leg Sit-Ups

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Sit-ups with legs straight
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: None
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, chest, neck, lower back
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 12-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Straight leg toe touch

The straight leg sit-ups, unlike the traditional sit-ups, are performed by keeping your both legs straight on the floor. Straightening out your legs helps in distributing your body weight evenly in the lower part of your body, assisting you in maintaining your balance throughout the movement and go through the full range of motion.

Straight Leg Sit-Ups Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Sit-ups with legs straight
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Beginner
  • Equipment: None
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, chest, neck, lower back
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 12-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: Straight leg toe touch

How to do Straight Leg Sit-Ups

Straight Leg Sit Ups

You may choose to do the exercise on a soft surface like a yoga mat or a carpeted floor. Start by extending your legs as far as possible and locking your knees. Keeping your legs still and raising your arms upward, engage the abdominal muscles to lift your upper body off the floor. Do not arch your back while reversing the motion to return to the original position.

Tips

  • Do not use your arms to help you sit up.
  • If you experience pain, seek help from your trainer or discuss the issue with a doctor.

Alternative Exercise

Straight Leg Toe Touch

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