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Jackknife Sit Ups Exercise (V Ups): What is it and How to do

The core is at the root of every exercise we do. Training other parts of the body and having a weak core is like furnishing a house that has an unstable base. Including the jack knife ab exercise in your training routine will make you burn some serious calories.

Jackknife Sit-Up Benefits

The regular sit ups or the ab roll-out may turn ineffective when done for a long time because the abdominal muscles adapt to it. The Jack Knife Sit ups, also known as the V Ups are perfect for people who want to target the lower abs just a bit more as it contracts it significantly.

Jackknife Sit-Up Quick Information

Exercise Type Strength
Equipment Needed Only Body
Skill Level Beginner
Force Type Pull
Main Muscle Worked Abdominals
Secondary Muscles Worked Obliques and glutes
Mechanics Compound
Alternative Exercises Exercise Ball Pull-In, Hanging Pike, Butt Ups

Video: How to do the Proper Form of a Jackknife Sit-Up

How to do a Jackknife Sit-Up

  • Lie on the floor, keeping your hands extended behind the head.
  • Fully extend your legs and ensure that the toes are pointing forward.
  • Exhale and raise your legs and arms to meet in a jackknife position. Bend at the waist while lifting the legs at a 35-45 degree angle so that your back is raised from the floor at the top
  • Lower your arms and legs slowly while returning to the starting position. Control your movement while coming down.
V Ups
V Ups

If this is tough for you, you can perform the exercise by bending your knees which is known as the jackknife crunch.

For a medicine or stability ball V-Up, hold the ball in your hand and touch the toes with it. If you want to do a single-leg jackknife sit-up, then bend one knee at the waist and raise the other leg.

Medicine Ball V Up
Medicine Ball V Up

Jackknife Crossover

Follow the same steps as the v sit-up exercise, but touch the right toe with the left hand and vice versa.

Jackknife Crossover
Jackknife Crossover

Supine Jackknife

  • Keep your hands stretched behind your back and legs fully extended.
  • Now, bend your knees and raise it towards your chest so that you can touch the sides of your heel with your hands.

Jack Knife Sit Ups Tips

  • Always contract your abs before starting the exercise so that you get maximum muscle engagement.
  • Do not use the strength of your hips but the abs to raise your legs.

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