Mummy Sit up

Written By: Todd Kuslikis
October 07, 2011

The Mummy Sit up is a great way to add variety to your normal ab routine. The idea behind the name is because your legs are straight out in front of you and kind of looks like a mummy.

How to do a Mummy Sit Up:

Lay on the ground facing up. With your legs straight, sit up all the way until your fingers touch your feet (or lower legs if you can’t reach that far). Lower your body back down. Repeat.

Muscle group worked:

Upper abs

Target Repetitions for Muscle Growth: 6-8

Target Repetitions for Muscle Tone/Endurance: 8-12

Why the Mummy Sit Up works:

Since your legs are straight out in front of you throughout the movement, you are not recruiting your lower abs. The sole focus is on your upper abs. So if you are looking to shred the upper abs, then this is a perfect sit up for you.


Try to keep your heels from coming up during the exercise. This will add some difficulty.


Breath out on the way up and in on the way down.

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

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