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How To Do V-Ups

Chris Freytag demonstrating V-Ups

V-Ups are a great core body exercise that requires you to lift the weight of both your arms and legs by using your abdominal muscles. Planks may be great for abdominal strength, but it’s important to work different ab muscles in different ways that challenge you to lift the weight of both your arms and legs using the muscles of the abdomen. V-Ups are a more intense way to practice core strength with fewer reps and less time spent overall. Win win!

If you learn how to do V-Ups you will also be challenged to practice your balance and coordination. To lift your body up and balance your legs and arms in the air at the same time, you first need to activate the entire abdominal wall to bring the weight up, and then engage the rectus abdominus to keep things in balance at the top. It will be important to relax your hip flexors during this exercise in order to keep them from taking over. V-Ups also encourage good posture and help you practice extending your spine.


V-ups are an excellent complement exercise to planks. Moving between the two can give you an amazing core workout that will leave your feeling your belly like crazy! Keep in mind that abdominal exercises are important for a flat tummy but so is your eating plan. Make sure to eat clean and keep doing your cardio exercise in addition to the core strength moves like the V-Ups.

Here are the steps to performing V-Ups:

1) Lie on your back and extend your arms behind your head. Keep your feet together and toes pointed.

2) Keep your legs straight and lift them up as you simultaneously raise your upper body off the floor. Keep your core tight as you reach for your toes with your hands. Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position.

Targets: core, back

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