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Curl-Ups


Picture of the curl-ups exercise

  • Lie on the floor on your back with your knees bent at a 90-degree angle. Your feet should be flat on the floor, about 12 in. (32 cm) from your buttocks.
  • Cross your arms over your chest.
  • Slowly contract your abdominal muscles and raise your shoulder blades off the floor.
  • Keep your head in line with your body—don't press your chin to your chest.
  • Hold this position for 1 or 2 seconds, then slowly lower yourself back down to the floor. Repeat 8 to 12 times.
ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerJoan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last RevisedFebruary 15, 2012

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