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Press Sit-Up

Exercise Data

Type: Strength
Main Muscle Worked: Abdominals
Other Muscles: Chest, Shoulders, Triceps
Equipment: Barbell
Mechanics Type: Compound
Level: Expert
Sport: No
Force: Push
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Press Sit-Up Guide

Main Muscle: Abdominals

  1. To begin, lie down on a bench with a barbell resting on your chest. Position your legs so they are secure on the extension of the abdominal bench. This is the starting position.
  2. While inhaling, tighten your abdominals and glutes. Simultaneously curl your torso as you do when performing a sit-up and press the barbell to an overhead position while exhaling. Tip: Use your arms to push the barbell out as you perform this exercise while still focusing on the abdominal muscles.
  3. Lower your upper body back down to the starting position while bringing the barbell back down to your torso. Remember to breathe in while lowering the body.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: It is best to have a spotter while performing this exercise so that it is easier to get the barbell and also get rid of it. Also, always start with an empty bar and do not use jerking motions at any time.

Variations: You can also use a decline bench when you are more advanced.



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Feb 26, 2014 5:28 AM: Always star with a lighter weight!!! It's hard but it penetrates very well!



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Dec 11, 2013 9:38 PM: Done on a Smith Machine, the focus is more on overall push with no focus on balancing the weight. Center the bench so that the bar falls just below the sternum. Use a wide and stationary grip. The center of gravity is now on your upper abs and is very effective. As someone who has struggled with abdominal...+See More



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Jun 4, 2012 6:03 PM: this exercise is more about the hip flexors...



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May 15, 2012 12:59 PM: For a "fun" variation, crunch up halfway and do presses with the barbell while doing your best to keep your torso from moving. Try for about twenty reps making sure your abs remain contracted to keep your torso partially curled. Your torso should not move at all once you start the first...+See More



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Mar 8, 2012 5:02 PM: NC



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Mar 9, 2011 2:14 PM: This is a great workout for your abs. I usually do this with a medicine-ball, just remember to not use the momentum of the ball/weights to swing yourself up.



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9/10

Apr 21, 2010 7:53 PM: I did this workout tonite as well, I didnt cut out the incline and I used a 25pd plate. Instead of bringing the weight to my chest, I have the plate over my head. So when I rasie up. I am swinging the plate over my head and holding in the air in front of me. Great!!



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Mar 21, 2010 2:26 PM: My favorite workout bar non. It's the only way to get a strong middle core and help bulge your six pack. Double the normal weight and cut out the press for a Weighted Inclined Sit Up with a normal 5X5 or 5X7 for an intense once a week workout to carve out serious abs.



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Nov 9, 2009 11:36 PM: just did these tonight, 5x12 with a 25lb plate..good workout of the shoulders, and tris..I had a harder time pushing the weight up than doing the situp..will continue this as my ab routine for a few months



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