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How do you do V-ups?

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To do a V-up, lie on the ground, bend at the waist and try to bring your legs and arms towards the center of your body. This exercise can be modified to accommodate a variety of fitness levels. The V-up should not be performed if you have lower back or neck pain.

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  1. Lie down

    Lie down on a mat with your legs straight together and your arms above your head.

  2. Adjust your legs

    If you are a beginner, keep your legs on the ground. Otherwise, keep them straight, and raise them 6 inches above the floor. If you are looking for an even tougher challenge, place a dumbbell between your legs, and hold it in place.

  3. Lift your legs and arms

    Keeping your legs straight, slowly raise them to create a 45-degree angle with the floor. Simultaneously, lift your arms back over your head, and reach for your toes. Keep your arms as straight as possible to deepen the contraction of the abdominal muscles. Your back should remain on the floor, and your shoulders should only lift a few inches off the ground.

  4. Lower your legs and arms

    For an easier variation, lower your legs and arms back down to the ground. Otherwise, lower the legs to 6 nches above the floor. Repeat for 15 reps with only a short break (less than 20 seconds) between sets.

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