The 1-minute sit-up test

Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Know | 2 Comments

The 1-Minute Sit-Up Test


As so many of you liked the sit-up test, here’s another physical challenge!

This one tests the endurance of your abdominal muscles, which are important in maintenance of your posture.  Although, don’t forget the back too!  Many people fall in to the trap of training like a mirror athlete – i.e. training what you can see in the mirror! Muscle balance between the back and abdominal muscles is really important.  We can address that another day. But for now, here’s a test of your abdominal muscle endurance just for fun:


The 1-Minute Sit-Up Test

You will need:

A floor

A stopwatch

A humble assistant


What to do:

Lie on the floor on your back, knees bent to 90 degrees.

Place your feet about 12 inches apart and your hands at the side of your head.

Humble assistant should hold your feet to the floor, and shout “GO” when they start the stopwatch.

You sit up, touch your knees with your elbows and return to the floor. That’s 1 rep.


Do as many as you can in 1-minute.  Look at the table below to see how you did.



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  1. Serena Simmons
    October 24, 2013

    Oh my goodness! Clearly going to have to try this one….I think ; )
    Fab info as usual Claire. Thank you!

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