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Exercise: Ab Pulse Ups
Primary Muscle Group: Abs
Specific Muscles Targeted: Lower Abs, Lower Back, Hamstrings, Hip Flexors


Ab pulse ups build all-around core strength from top to bottom–specifically with an emphasis on the lower abs. If you’re looking to develop a sexy, sculpted, razor-sharp “v-cut,” ab pulse ups absolutely HAVE to be a staple in your abs routine. That’s their core competency.


How to Do Them



Lie flat on your back, on top of a flat bench or on the floor.

Your hands can go one of two places:

  • If you’re on the floor–under the butt
  • If you’re on a bench–behind your head, grabbing the bench. I recommend putting them behind your head, as it creates a much deeper stretch.

Focus–tighten your core. Brace your abs. Power comes from a deep squeeze, which stabilizes the entire body.


Do a leg lift until you legs are 100% vertical. Your body should form a 90 degree angle, like the picture above. That’s your starting position.


SQUEEZE your butt & lower abs and use your hips to push your legs directly upwards. Hold at the top for 1 second, slowly lower and allow your butt to touch the bench, and then immediately pulse back up for the next rep.

Repeat for a set of 15.


Once you’re able to do 15 reps like cherry pie, add a dumbbell between your feet to pump up the intensity. You’ll amp up the weight and shock your abs into new growth.

Video demonstration below.

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Bryan DiSanto

Founder & Editor-in-Chief at Lean It UP
ELLO ELLO I'm Bryan DiSanto. I'm the Founder & Editor-in-Chief of Lean It UP, a CPT/CSN/Fitness Coach, Chef trained at Le Cordon Bleu – Paris, NYU graduate, ex-fat kid, and all-around fitness junkie.

I also contribute to Men's Health Magazine.

When I'm not working on my abs (or somebody else’s), whipping up avocado roses and avocado toast, or running a Tough Mudder, I'm probably yelling at a Carolina Panthers game somewhere.

Come be friends with me on Instagram (@BRYDISANTO) & Snapchat (BRYDISANTO).
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