Abdominals – Overhead Weighted situps

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A weighted sit up is just what it sounds like, a sit up with extra weight, so you can make sure your form is correct and you can put a little more stress on your core to get the results you want.

Main and Helper muscles targeted with Overhead Weighted situps Exercise

Facts:

  • Isolated Exercise

 

  • Main muscle targeted – Abdominals and Obliques

 

  • Helper muscles – Hip Flexors

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Method:

Lay down with your knees bent, laying on your back.  Grasping the weight (in this case a medicine ball) in your hands, do a situp with the weight above your head. You can grasp the weight to your chest, but the added leverage of holding the weight at full extension really gets that core firing.

Bend from your hips, and raise your upper body up until it is at 90 degrees to the floor.

Once you feel the contraction for a second, lower your upper body back down to the starting position while inhaling.

Why it’s good:

With the extra weight, you can really get feedback on your form. If your form is poor, you’ll be tumbling over to the side, or struggle to get up.

What to watch out for:

Use light weights, a heavy weight is hard to get moving, and may mean you put too much pressure on your back.

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Overhead Weighted situps

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