Rocky Balboa - Roman Chair Situps

How to Do Roman Chair Situps

So you want to learn how to do roman chair situps, huh? Well, before we get into this killer abdominal workout, I have one question to ask you…

You’ve seen the movie Rocky, right?

Remember when Rocky was training his butt off and started bustin’ out these crazy situps?

Of course, you do!

Well, that’s going to be you today!

But, in all seriousness there’s a reason why roman chair situps are also known as Rocky Sit Ups. This movie not only made these situps popular, they also reminded the world that roman chair situps just might be the best exercise for abs on the entire planet.

How to Do Roman Chair Situps

Note: Start off by making sure you’ve got a good stretching session in before you attempt the roman chair situp. If you’re looking for some good pre-workout stretching routines and to improve your overall flexibility, check out: Ultimate Flexibility: A Complete Guide to Stretching.

Step 1. Once you’re all warmed up, go ahead and sit down on your roman chair and hook your legs/feet underneath the footpads provided.

Step 2. You should now be in a lying position on the roman chair. When you’re ready, go ahead and raise your body up with your chest, neck and head aligned in a nice straight line until you reach the top of your situp.

Step 3. Reverse the motion of step #2 and make sure to really focus on reversing in slow motion in order to really make those abdominal muscles work.

Step 4. Repeat 3 or 4 sets of 10 repetitions. Go HARD and you’ll soon be rockin’ out like your boy Rocky!

So the next time your friend asks you… “What is the best exercise for abs?”

Simply tell him to go bang out a 3-4 sets of roman chair situps and to let you know how his abdominals are feeling afterwards.

C’mon, man! You and I both know that Rocky wouldn’t be wasting time doing anything other than focusing on the best exercises for abdominals. I don’t know about you, but I’m trusting Rocky on this one.


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All exercises including roman chair situps and other forms of physical activity can be dangerous, especially if performed without medical advice, proper supervision and/or pre-exercise evaluation. The techniques, ideas, and exercise suggestions presented on in this website are not intended to be professional training advice. Always consult your physician or health care professional before performing any exercise.

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