Curl-ups

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  • 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 12 in. (32 cm) from your buttocks.
  • Cross your arms over your chest.
  • 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.

Last Updated: February 3, 2010

Author: Shannon Erstad, MBA/MPH

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics

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