Sit Ups with Twist Video

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Sit Ups with Twist Description

Step 1. Lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Your hands may be across your chest or behind your head.

Step 2. Use your abdominal muscles to roll your spine up to a sitting position. As the small of your back comes off the floor twist your right shoulder towards your opposite knee.

Step 3. Then, without resting at the top of the movement, lower yourself back down to the starting position. Repeat to the opposite side.


The sit ups with twist exercise is a combination ab exercise that works the upper and lower abs, as well as the obliques. The upper abs are worked during the first part of the sit up motion, as the user pulls his shoulder blades off the mat. They are also engaged throughout the exercise. The lower abs are engaged during the second half of the exercise as they are what drives the upper body up to the top of the motion. The obliques are worked during the twisting part of the movement when the user brings his elbow to the opposite knee. The user should rotate sides in between repetitions. It is important to keep the core tight throughout a sit up. Relaxing the muscles at the bottom of the motion makes the exercise significantly less effective.

Sit Ups with Twist 1

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