Core Exercises, 2 of 4: V-Sit and V-Ups


The Foundation for Fitness in the new year begins with an appointment with your physician to assess your overall health relative to your capabilities, as to whether you can increase the frequency, intensity, and volume of an existing exercise program, or for beginners, who’ve made a commitment to take back ownership of their health.

From a biomechanical standpoint, a good place to start is the CORE – composed of 29 muscles, that work synergistically together to help protect your spine. The core is the transition point, where power is maintained or lost between extremities.

V-Sit

Sit down on the ground. Extend your legs off the ground and lean your torso back so that your body makes a “V” shape. Hold your arm straight and to the sides of your legs (without touching). Try holding for 15-20 seconds.

Variation: V-Ups

While on your back, extend the legs together – with the arms shoulder-width apart and extended – lift the legs into a V position, while simultaneously lifting the upper torso toward knees. Attempt to touch the top of the feet with the hands. Try 5-10.