Focus On: V-Ups

Hey friends!

How are you doing? I know Katie is off rocking her LONG run today, anyone else?

Today I have woken up crazy early to get all my workouts in (I only have 2 Saturdays left before the big day –Half IronMan, and 1 of them-next week-has a wedding luncheon at 10:30. Ummm yah.)

Last night I attended a wedding reception of a friend–it was lovely! And since I love to dance, I had to bust out some moves….but boy did I crash once I got home. 😉


Oh my friends, as we have been watching the Olympians, I am sure we are all in awe by their hard work, dedication, training, and let’s be honest, fabulously fit figures.

But they worked HARD for those. And I love how ‘fit’ looks differently on each person. I LOVE that.


However, I know that all athletes incorporate core training into their agendas…and a favorite move is the V-Up.


Yep. Pretty sure they do V-Ups.

Focus On: V-Ups

V-Ups are a core move (yep, another one!), but because the exercise forces the CORE to move the entire body, it’s crazy tough.


To do V-Ups correctly:

  • Lie down on a mat with your arms and legs extended.
  • Using your core, touch your toes with your hands. (If you can’t ‘touch,’ do as close as you can).
  • With control, come back to the starting position.
  • Repeat for 9 more reps (to do 1 set of 10 reps).

Do NOT use momentum. (There will be a teeny-tiny bit used, but the results won’t come if the exercise is just originating from your hands or legs).

Do NOT force your belly outward as you come up. (You want to resist the movement, which in turn sculpts the ‘flat’ abs look).


DO exhale as you come up, and inhale as you come back down to the mat.

DO cry because it’s so hard.

DO be proud of your sculpted center <–you worked for it.

You’re welcome.


p.s. HAPPY Birthday to the amazing Lindsay tomorrow! WAHOO! (We’ve been friends since we were 2 years old. Cool, eh?! And August 12th will always be ‘her’ day in my eyes. Always.)

Have a GREAT weekend!

Have YOU tried V-Ups before?? What did YOU think?? What do YOU ‘see’ when YOU see the athletes?? Anyone of YOU watching the closing ceremonies?? Any fun weekend plans??

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  1. Aw thanks girly!! xoxo Last night we had no plans (which was amazing!!) and tonight we have a wedding to go to. This morning I’m going to a new(ish) yoga studio here for a hot (not bikram) class (we’ll have to go next time you come to town – itz the cleanest studio I’ve ever been to!). V-ups are so hard, but I do know how effective they are! I have a hard time keeping my legs straight!

  2. V ups are killer… but I love em! I remember the first time I had to do them in gymnastics. We had to start out doing sone crazy number like 50 or 100… so tough but they work!

  3. Ohhh yes, V-ups. The move I love to hate. :) I’m actually pretty good at them, but sometimes I have a hard time balancing on my butt just right!

  4. I love V-ups, but definitely hard! And thanks for the shutout! I ROCKED that long run! Haha it was perfect weather!

  5. Oh V-ups…so effective but so much pain when you’re doing them!

  6. Oooo I can just tell I’d hate this move! Haha. How exciting for your run! Goodluck :)

  7. Good luck on your run! V-ups are so challenging yet build strong deep core muscles so they are worth the struggle! I like to do my abs at home since the floor is so dirty at the gym! Love and Shine CourtStar


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