Build Up Your Core Strength for a Better L-Sit

Andy McKenzie


Strength and Conditioning, Bodyweight Exercise, Mobility & Recovery


Andy McKenzie is an expert in bodyweight and core training. This week, he breaks down the L-sit into progressions you can use to improve your core conditioning.


The L-sit is no easy feat - yet often people jump straight into this static hold without any lead up. Here are two drills to progress you towards performing the full L-sit with good position:


  1. Stand with a box behind you, and your palms resting on the box.
  2. Contract your abs, press down on the box, and sit up on it.
  3. Ensure your abs remain tight on top of the box, and lower yourself back down.


Once you have mastered this, you're ready to move on to the next drill. Perform exactly the same sequence, but instead of sitting on the box, hold yourself just above it.


The first time you perform either drill, work until failure and use that as a marker. Try to increase this number each time you practice the exercise. When you can do 2 to 3 sets of 30 reps, you're well on your way to the L-sit!


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