V-ups (Boat Pose, Pike Crunch, Jack Knife)

There are many different names for V-ups but there are only a couple ways to perform them and it really depends on the individual. For those who are not overweight, it is possible to lift both feet and arms to the center while only a small portion of the butt and lower back are in contact with the ground. For those who are carrying extra weight, only a small portion of the shoulders and legs may be able to get off the ground.

If performed optimally, the v-up is a great exercise for the entire abdominals. V-ups can be used at any point of an abdominal exercise program but since they can incorporate heavy hip flexor involvement, they should be followed by an exercise with the antagonist muscle groups such as one of the lower body dynamic flexibility exercises.

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