How should I do a curl-up with one leg extended?

Edward Phillips
Physical Therapy
Here's how to do a curl-up with one leg extended:

Reps: 8-12
Sets: 1-3
Intensity: Moderate
Tempo: 2-1-2
Rest: 30-90 seconds between sets

Starting position: Lie on your back with your fingertips lightly behind your head, elbows out. Bend your right knee and place that foot flat on the floor while keeping your left leg extended.

Movement: Tighten your abdominal muscles. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor as you curl upward. Exhale as you lift. Pause, then return to the starting position.

Tips and techniques:
  • Keep your fingertips resting lightly behind your head throughout the movement.
  • If you have trouble maintaining a neutral neck, make a fist with one hand and place it under your chin for support.
Too hard? Put your fingertips behind your waist on the floor before starting the curl-up.

Too easy? Cross your arms over your chest before starting the curl-up, or increase the number of reps.

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