The weighted sit up is a progression from a bodyweight sit up that strengthens the entire core region including the lower abdominals, hip flexors, and lower back.
Step by step instructions
Lie on your back with your knees bent 90 degrees and feet flat on the floor. Hold a dumbbell against your chest. This is your starting position.
Contract your core and raise your upper torso until the backs of your forearms touch the tops of your thighs. Pause and slowly lower yourself back to starting position.
Mistakes and Tips
- Avoid hyperextending the lower back. Keep your upper body upright.