Curl-Ups

Curl-ups exercise
  • Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your feet should be flat on the floor, about 30 cm (12 in.) from your buttocks.
  • Cross your arms over your chest. If this bothers your neck, try putting your hands behind your neck (not your head), with your elbows spread apart.
  • Slowly contract your abdominal muscles and raise your shoulder blades off the floor.
  • Keep your head in line with your body-don't press your chin to your chest.
  • Hold this position for 1 or 2 seconds, then slowly lower yourself back down to the floor. Repeat 8 to 12 times.

Current as of: June 26, 2019

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Brian O'Brien, MD, FRCPC - Internal Medicine
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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