Incline Twisting Sit-up (version 2)

Incline Twisting Sit-up (version 2)

The Incline Twisting Sit-up (version 2) is a challenging core exercise that targets multiple muscle groups in the abdominal region. This exercise is a variation of the traditional sit-up, but with the added element of a twisting motion. By incorporating this twisting movement, you can engage and strengthen the obliques, which are the muscles on the sides of your waist. To perform the Incline Twisting Sit-up (version 2), you will need an incline bench or a decline bench set at a slight incline. Start by lying down on the bench with your feet securely anchored. Place your hands behind your head or crossed over your chest. Engage your core muscles and lift your upper body off the bench, bringing your chest towards your knees. As you come up, twist your torso to one side, bringing your opposite elbow towards the opposite knee. Lower back down to the starting position and repeat on the other side. This exercise not only works the rectus abdominis (the "six-pack" muscles) but also targets the transverse abdominis, internal and external obliques, and the hip flexors. It helps to improve core stability, enhance overall abdominal strength, and improve rotational movement patterns. The incline bench adds an extra challenge by increasing the resistance and range of motion. As with any exercise, it's important to maintain proper form and avoid excessive strain on the neck and lower back. If you experience any discomfort or pain during this movement, stop immediately and consult with a fitness professional or physician.


  • Start by positioning yourself on an incline bench with your feet secured under the foot pads.
  • Lie down on the bench with your back flat and your knees bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Place your hands behind your head with your fingertips lightly touching your ears.
  • Exhale and lift your upper body off the bench, curling forward while twisting your torso to one side.
  • Inhale and slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position.
  • Exhale and lift your upper body off the bench, curling forward while twisting your torso to the opposite side.
  • Repeat the twisting motion for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to engage your core muscles throughout the exercise and maintain control of the movement.
  • Make sure to breathe properly during the exercise, exhaling during the exertion phase and inhaling during the return phase.
  • To make the exercise more challenging, you can hold a weight plate or medicine ball against your chest.

Tips & Tricks

  • Ensure proper form by keeping your core engaged throughout the exercise.
  • Use a slow and controlled motion to perform the sit-up, focusing on engaging your core muscles.
  • Exhale as you curl your upper body off the ground and inhale as you lower back down.
  • Add resistance by holding a weight plate or dumbbell on your chest to increase the challenge.
  • To target the obliques, twist your torso at the top of the sit-up to one side before returning to the starting position.
  • Gradually increase the incline of the bench to make the exercise more challenging over time.
  • Incorporate this exercise into a well-rounded workout routine that includes both cardio and strength training.
  • Stay consistent with your workouts and gradually increase the difficulty to see progress over time.
  • Listen to your body and modify the exercise as needed to avoid any pain or discomfort.
  • Fuel your body properly with a balanced diet that includes lean proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates to support your fitness goals.


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