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Dumbbell Sit-Up 101 Video Tutorial

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Dumbbell Sit-Up
Dumbbell Sit-Up

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The Dumbbell Sit-Up is a dynamic core exercise primarily targeting the abdominal muscles with secondary engagement of the triceps. This exercise involves lying on your back with knees bent, holding a dumbbell securely against your chest, then performing a sit-up motion by engaging your core muscles to lift your torso towards your thighs while keeping the dumbbell close to your body. The added resistance from the dumbbell intensifies the challenge, effectively strengthening the abdominal muscles and promoting overall core stability.

How to Perform

  1. Begin by lying on your back in a comfortable position, with your knees bent and your hands positioned across your chest.

  2. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, contract your abdominal muscles and lift your upper body off the floor, aiming to bring your torso towards your thighs.

  3. Keep the dumbbell close to your chest throughout the movement to engage your triceps.

  4. Once your torso is perpendicular to the floor, pause briefly to maximize muscle engagement.

  5. In a controlled manner, lower yourself back down to the starting position, ensuring to maintain tension in your abs and triceps.

  6. Repeat the movement for the desired number of repetitions, focusing on maintaining proper form and control throughout each repetition.

  7. Remember to breathe steadily throughout the exercise to optimize oxygen flow to your muscles and enhance performance.

  8. Gradually increase the weight of the dumbbell as your strength and proficiency improve, but always prioritize form and technique to prevent injury.


  1. Engage your core by exhaling forcefully, akin to blowing out candles on a cake, and maintain this contraction for a brief moment to enhance the connection between your mind and muscles.

  2. If you experience discomfort in your lower back while performing the exercise, opt for movements that focus on anti-extension and anti-rotation to alleviate strain.

  3. Refrain from placing your hands behind your head as this may cause undue strain on your neck, prioritizing proper alignment and safety during the exercise.

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