Horse Sit up

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 07, 2011


I got this exercise after watching a workout of one of the greatest fighters of all time, Rickson Gracie. He was doing this exercise on a beach. This sit up is simply fun to do and adds some uniqueness to working out the abs.

How to do a Horse Sit up:

Lay on the ground. Bring your legs up into the air and bend your knees slightly. In martial arts, this is called a horse stance. Raise your upper body into the air while bringing your hands between your legs. Focus on grabbing someone’s collar as you sit up. Lower yourself back to the ground without touching your upper back to the ground.

Muscle group worked:

Upper and Lower Abs

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: 6-8

Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: 8-12

Why Horse Sit Ups works:

This exercise works well because your legs are in the air. In this way, your lower abs get a workout. And your upper abs get a workout too because you are raising your upper body toward the sky.


When you come back toward the ground, make sure you do not come fully back down. You want to keep the stress on your abs throughout the exercise. If your upper back touches the ground, you lose the tension in your abs making it easier.


Breath out as your body goes up. Breath in as your body comes back down.

Disclaimer: Talk to your primary care physician before beginning any exercise regimen.

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