Weighted Sit-Ups

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Sit-ups with weights
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Equipment: Dumbbell, medicine ball, weight plate, barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, hips, lower back, neck, chest
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 10-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

The weighted sit-ups are done in the same way as the standard sit-ups except that you need to hold a dumbbell, medicine ball or a weight plate close to your chest. By adding weight, you make the exercise more challenging thereby giving yourself a better chance to gain more strength and develop a ripped physique.

Weighted Sit-Ups Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Sit-ups with weights
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate
  • Equipment: Dumbbell, medicine ball, weight plate, barbell
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, hips, lower back, neck, chest
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 10-12 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

How to do Weighted Sit-Ups

Weighted Sit Ups

Get into the standard sit-up position, hugging the weight of your choice. You may start with a lighter dumbbell, medicine ball, or weight plate. After doing the first set, you may increase the weight for the subsequent sets, only if you are physically able. If you are using heavier weights, stick to the lower number of repetitions, varying from 5-10.

Sit-Ups with Weights Tips

  • Keep your feet secured under the handle of a pair of heavy dumbbells or have a partner help you keep your feet down.
  • Do not hyperextend your lower back while leaning forward. Focus on keeping your upper body straight instead.

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