Embracing the V-Sit Up
As I've said many times, the average couch-potato may not be able to get up and run a mile in one day, so learning to modify a difficult exercise is a great way to get started toward reaching the goal.
There are several ways to modify the V-Sit Up. Notice the image below: hands supporting low back muscles, knees bent, chest up, head in a neutral position (in-line with the spine), and belly button pulled-in (engaging abdominal muscles and protecting the spine).
Once this move has been mastered, modify by slowly extending each leg with toes pointed. Work toward holding this position 30-60 seconds while maintaining even breathing.
While the arms are positioned straight in the photo above, notice the legs are extended, chest up, head in neutral, and belly button pulled-in to the spine. From this position, slowly work toward extending one arm and then the other. Maintaining this position for increments of 10 seconds and working toward 30-60 seconds is the goal.
Go ahead, give it a whirl - may find yourself with a flatter mid-section and stronger core!