McGill Curl-Up

The McGill curl-up is a unique abdominal training exercise that forces engagement of your entire abdominal region while keeping your lower lumbar area in its natural position. This is a good abdominal exercise for individuals who suffer from lower back pain.


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    Lie on your back with your one leg completely straight, bending the opposite knee to 90 degrees and keeping the foot flat on the floor. Place hands directly beneath the natural arch in your lower back.
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    Tighten your abs to bring your head and shoulder blades off of the floor without moving your lower back. Hold this position and slowly return to the ground.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Be sure hands are positioned directly under the natural arch in lower back.
  • Do not round your upper back.