- Lie supine on mat or bench. Bend knees and hips and place
feet on floor. Extend arms down to sides.
- Flex waist to raise upper torso from mat or bench. Keep low
back on floor or mat and raise torso up as high as possible.
Extend hands toward sides of heels. Return until back of shoulders
contact mat or bench. Repeat.
- Certain individuals may need to keep their neck in neutral
position with space between their chin and sternum, particularly
if hands are placed behind head. See Spot
Reduction Myth. Also see Curl-up
/ Half Sit-up Test.
- Deconditioned individuals can start on slightly declined
- Exercise can be made more challenging by placing hands further
up toward head. See Arm
Position During Waist Exercises. Exercise can also be performed
on incline board or with additional weight.
- No significant stabilizers