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Back Exercises: Partial Curl-Ups

Man lying on floor with knees bent and feet flat on floor, hands on chest.

Person doing partial curl-up exercise on the floor.

To start, lie on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Don’t press your neck or lower back to the floor. Breathe deeply. You should feel comfortable and relaxed in this position:

  • Cross your arms loosely.

  • Tighten your abdomen and curl halfway up, keeping your head in line with your shoulders.

  • Hold for 5 seconds. Uncurl to lie down.

  • Repeat 5 times. 

Online Medical Reviewer: Larson, Kim APRN, FNP
Online Medical Reviewer: MMI board-certified, academically affiliated clinician
Last Review Date: 9/23/2013
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