Otis Up is a unique compound exercise that works the upper abdominal muscles but also includes a pressing action to target the shoulders.
With the pressing part of the exercise, your core has to remain tight in order to stabilize the upper body and support the lower back.

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How to do

  1. Lay flat on the floor bending your knees, you can secure your feet under some surface or dumbbells for a better stability.
  2. With both hands, hold a barbell plate on your upper chest.
  3. Pull your chest up towards you knees, until you sit up.
  4. Stabilize your upper body then press the barbell plate straight up extending you arms.
  5. Lower the barbell plate down to your chest, then lay down in return to the starting position. then repeat for targeted number of reps.

  6. It is better to use a lighter weight and a high number of reps for this exercise. Using a heavy weight might cause you to break your form, and hurt your lower back. focus on technique rather than on weight.


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