Hit your core with V-Ups!


V-ups are a great exercise to help strengthen up your core. V-ups hit upper, middle, and lower abdominal regions of the core. Instead of just targeting one region like crunches do, v-ups are going to get everything in one motion.

Here is what the exercise looks like:



You first want to start off with both your arms and legs fully extended off the ground. You want the arms and legs about 6” off of the ground. Then you want to move both the arms and legs upward at the same time until the only body part touching the ground is your butt. Then return your arms and legs back down to 6” off of the ground. When moving your arms and legs make sure the movement is controlled, you don’t want any jerking movements that can cause injury.

I would do 3 sets of 15 repetitions with 30 seconds of rest in between each set. If you find this too easy, try holding onto a medicine ball with your hands or adding ankle weights to your legs to increase the intensity.

If you find v-ups too tough or you can’t keep proper form, try leg raises instead:



Start with your legs 6” off the floor then raise them up until your hips are at 90 degrees. You then want to lower them back down to 6” off of the floor. I would do 3 sets of 15 repetitions with 30 seconds of rest in between each set. Once you feel this exercise is too easy, you can then move on to the v-ups.

 

*New exercisers should seek out a health professional to go over guidelines for intensity and duration of exercise. It is also recommended that you get clearance from your doctor before starting up your exercise program.*

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