The v-up is an isolation exercise which targets the rectus abdominis, hip adductors, and Iliopsoas muscles effectively. It’s a great movement for developing functional core strength and it also helps to build muscle. Now, this is not necessarily a beginner’s exercise as some flexibility is required but anyone can develop the strength through practice to perform it effectively.
All you need is a floor mat and your own body weight to do the v-up and this is a great convenience since you don’t need any gym equipment. So, try to squeeze in more v-ups in your routine for increased core strength and function.
In This Exercise:
- Target Muscle Group: Rectus Abdominis, Adductors, Iliopsoas
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Floor Mat
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Lie on the floor face up and stretch your arms straight over your head.
- Then, lift both your arms and legs up at the same time toward each other until they touch. Keep your core tight and exhale.
- Hold for 2 seconds.
- Now, lower your arms and legs back down until they touch the ground.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Variations & Tips:
- Do your best to bring your arms and legs as close together as possible. You don’t have to be perfect while building core strength.
- Try to keep your legs straight during the movement.
- Keep your core tight throughout the exercise.
- The v-up exercise targets the abs, hip adductors, and Iliopsoas muscles.