How to Do Hanging Sit-Up: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Hanging Sit-Up exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Hanging Sit-Ups

Muscles worked in hanging sit-ups

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Hanging Sit-Ups

  1. Climb into position and lower your upper body down to the starting position, with your hands crossed over your chest.
  2. Lift your upper body upwards by contracting your abs.
  3. Reverse the motion and lower yourself down to the starting position again.


The hanging sit-up is a demanding ab exercise, and which might require some practice before you can get in and out of the rack in an easy way. The exercise can be made easier by reaching with your arms towards your feet, and heavier by extending your arms alongside your head or by holding a weight against your chest.

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