Exercise of the week: V-ups aka Jacknife Sit Ups

v-ups

This weeks exercise is the V up, or the jacknife sit up.  This exercise may look simple enough but it is a whole other ball game when you are actually doing them. Just keep telling yourself “these are great for my abs” as you curse my name for suggesting these.  So how do you do these?

Start off my laying flat on your back with your hands above your head and your legs together and slightly off the ground. You should look like the first picture. Now exhale and as you do raise your arms and legs up into the jacknife position like the second picture. You should pretty much look like a V. Make sure that you are contracting your abdominal muscles to get the best results from this exercise. Inhale and slowly go back to the starting position. That is one rep. If you are just starting out begin with a set of 10.

Make it easier: if at first you cannot get high enough to reach your  hands toward your feet  it is ok. Try and get them as close together as possible, the main thing is that you should feel something in your core. Better flexibility and control over this position will come over time. Do not give up, just do the best you can.

Make it harder: There is always one in the bunch 😛  A great way to make this more challenging is to add a medicine ball to the mix. Place the ball between your ankles and as you reach upwards grab it with your hands and get into starting position. This time, when you go back up place it back between your legs. Continue this switching until you are done with your reps

~Just Keep Moving Forward~

Other exercises:
Frog Jump
Ax Chop
Lunges
Mountain Climbers

 

 
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About Eunice

I like to joke that I am "a well of useless information" but for once I can share that information with people that might want to listen. I love trying new things and now I have an audience to share it with...hopefully. I hope you enjoy what you read :)

Posted on March 26, 2014, in Exercise of the week and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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