The V-Up is a variable move that is useful to exercisers of all fitness levels in improving core strength and stability!
How to Perform:
- Lay on your back with your legs together and outstretched. Extend arms above head as well. Body should be in a straight-line, from hands to toes. Head should be aligned with spine.
- Keeping knees and elbows straight, you will simultaneously raise legs and torso towards each other, making a “V” shape. Exhale during this phase. The only part of your body touching the ground at this point should be your tailbone area.
- Reach for toes with hands while keeping elbows and knees straight. Core should be fully engaged here.
- Lower torso and legs back down, inhaling on the downward-phase.
- Perform this movement for 20 reps for a set.
Intensity Tip: You may increase the difficulty of this movement by not letting your hands or feet touch the ground during a set. It will also increase in difficulty if you alternate holding a yoga ball and passing it between your feet and hands!
Working up to this exercise: Perform leg lifts without the torso/arm raise portion of the V-up. Be sure to have your lower back flat with the ground (may support by putting hands underneath), and lift your legs in an arc, keeping them as strai ght as possible at the knee. Alternating leg lifts can also be performed to build up to a full V-up!