Negative Situp

The negative situp is a variation of a standard situp that emphasizes the lowering portion of the movement by completing it at a slow and controlled pace. The exercise specifically targets the lower abdominals and hip flexors.


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    Sit on the floor in the top of a situp position with your knees bent to 90°. Hold a dumbbell against your chest.
  2. Negative Situp
    Tighten your abs and lower your torso as slowly as possible toward the floor, resisting the urge to speed up the closer you get to the ground. Return to the top position once you reach the floor.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Don't lower your body fast. Use your abs to move slowly and resist the downward movement.
  • Don't lose a natural head position. Keep your head in line with your body.
  • As you curl back up, avoid rounding your upper back.