What is the L-Sit?

The L-Sit is a both a vertical pushing movement and a vigorous core exercise. By working on your L-Sit, you'll be strengthening your core, hip flexors, and quads. In addition, you'll also work your chest and triceps. By improving your core and hip flexor strength, the L-Sit will help improve posture and make your body more resilient.

You won't need equipment to perform an L-Sit, but parallettes or yoga blocks will come in handy for those learning.

L-Sit demonstration

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How to perform the L-Sit

Begin the exercise by placing your hands on the floor (or on whichever equipment you choose to use), directly underneath your shoulders. Stretch your legs out straight in front of you.

Push down hard to engage your chest and triceps. Pull back your shoulders, so that you try to get your shoulder blades to touch. At this point, your butt should be off the ground.

To bring your legs up, engage your core by pulling in your navel. Pull your legs upward off the ground. Squeeze your thighs together throughout, and aim to maintain straight legs. Hold this position for as long as possible.

If this exercise is difficult to hold, then you can choose a regression and slowly build up to the full L-Sit. One alternative is to perform the L-Sit in a tucked position.


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