Sit Up. How-to, proper form and tips

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The Sit-up is very similar to the crunch, yet involving additional muscles. It is an easy and effective exercise for when you have a place to lay down.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Lie down on your back.
  2. Bend your legs and firm the palm of you feet in the ground.
  3. Place your hands behind the ears, or cross them to touch opposite shoulders.
  4. Elevate your upper body, until your chest is close to the knees.
  5. Lay down again, returning to the starting position.

Hints & tips:

  • Perform the exercise slowly and in a controlled manner.
  • Don't use your arms to pull the head. Only the abs should be working.
  • Keep your neck in a relaxed position.


  • Strengthen your core.

Counting & gamification:

  • As a beginner, perform 2 to 4 series of 10 to 20 sit-ups.
  • Include the exercise in your crunch list.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Abs

Secondary muscles: Neck, Obliques

Muscle: Abs

Category: Bodyweight