The sit-up is a popular bodyweight exercise focused on the abdominal muscles. It has also been used as part of military, tactical, and scholastic fitness tests for many years. It can be performed for time or reps, with the feet anchored or free, on flat ground or a bench.


  1. Activates and strengthens the abs, in particular the rectus abdominis or “six-pack” muscles
  2. Strengthens the hip flexors in addition to abs
  3. Easy to progress by adding weight or performing on a decline bench

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