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Arms Overhead Full Sit-up

Arms Overhead Full Sit-up

The Arms Overhead Full Sit-up is a compound exercise that primarily targets the abdominal muscles, particularly the rectus abdominis (the "six-pack" muscles). This exercise also engages several secondary muscles including the hip flexors, obliques, and hip extensors. By incorporating a full range of motion, it effectively strengthens and tones the entire core region. To perform the Arms Overhead Full Sit-up, start by lying flat on your back with your legs extended and arms stretched overhead. Engage your core as you lift your upper body off the floor, simultaneously bringing your arms forward and reaching towards your toes. Maintain control throughout the movement and avoid using momentum to complete the exercise. Slowly lower your body back to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions. The Arms Overhead Full Sit-up provides a challenging and dynamic way to target the abs, helping to build strength and definition. Make sure to breathe throughout the exercise, exhaling on the way up and inhaling as you lower back down. To intensify the exercise, you can hold a weight plate or dumbbell at your chest or twist your torso to engage the obliques. Incorporating the Arms Overhead Full Sit-up into your regular workout routine can contribute to overall core strength and stability. Remember to always maintain proper form, listen to your body, and gradually increase the intensity and difficulty of your exercises to avoid injuries. Stay consistent and enjoy the journey to a stronger and more sculpted core!


  • Lie down on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground.
  • Extend your arms straight overhead, keeping them close to your ears.
  • Engage your core muscles and slowly lift your head, shoulders, and upper body off the ground.
  • Continue to roll up until your fingertips reach towards the ceiling and your torso is in a seated position.
  • Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position with control.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the movement to stabilize your spine and protect your lower back.
  • Focus on using your abs to initiate the movement, rather than relying on momentum or pulling with your arms.
  • Inhale before you start and exhale as you crunch up, to maintain proper breathing technique.
  • Keep your neck aligned with your spine by avoiding tucking your chin or jutting your head forward.
  • To increase the challenge, try holding a weight plate or dumbbell close to your chest.
  • Avoid using your hip flexors excessively by keeping your legs and feet grounded throughout the exercise.
  • Maintain a slow and controlled tempo to maximize the effectiveness of the sit-up and reduce the risk of injury.
  • If you experience any discomfort or pain in your lower back, modify the exercise by placing a rolled towel or foam pad under your lower back for support.
  • As you return to the starting position, make sure to fully extend your arms overhead and touch the ground to complete the range of motion.
  • For advanced variations, try performing the sit-up on an unstable surface like a stability ball to further engage your core muscles.

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