The Ring L-Sit is a static strength hold performed on gymnastics rings that intensely trains the abs and core body.
- Primary Muscle: Abdominals
- Secondary Muscle(s): Triceps
- Difficulty: Advanced
- Also known as: Ring L-Seat, L-Hang, L-Hold, L-Position
- Equipment: Rings
- Optional: Parallel Bars, Ankle Weights
View Ring L-Sit guide
How to do Ring L-Sits
- Set the rings or bars to the appropriate height so that your legs won't touch the floor
- Assume the support position, supporting your body weight
- Raise your legs out in front of you, keep them straight and try to hold them parallel to the ground. Your body should form the shape of a letter 'L'
- Maintain the hold as long as possible (under good form)
- Ensure that repetitions are strict and there is no swinging of the legs up into the hold, it should be pure strength rather than momentum
- The torso should be perpendicular and the legs parallel to the floor
- This is more difficult than it might look!
Ring L-Sit Guide
The L-sit is a staple gymnastics exercise that involves supporting yourself on gymnastic / fitness rings with the legs bent at a 90 degree angle to the torso, so that the body forms an 'L' shape.
This sounds easier than many find in practice! For the beginner, this hold is going to take some work, but once you're competent with the L-sit (see L-sit goals section below) you will have built an extremely strong core that makes most common ab exercises seem easy!
The L-sit is an excellent core body strength hold that will develop the abdominals, adding overall muscular density without too much muscle mass. In addition to working the abs the exercise will develop strength and endurance in the hips and triceps too.
Using rings for the l-sit adds in the element of instability and forces the core to work that little bit harder.
Beginning the L-Sit
If you're new to the L-sit you will most likely find it difficult to sustain. You can work up to a full straight legged L Sit using the following techniques:
- Train your tuck sit (both legs tucked up to your chest and held).
- Train the abs using knee raises to develop your strength, these can be done on rings, simply support your body weight and raise the knees up to the chest, hold, then return.
- Use resistance bands to support the weight of the legs.
- Practice! Practice the L-sit with bent knees and try to keep the thighs level, to make it easier. As you become stronger through this hold you can incrementally straighten your legs.
- Some people find the hanging L sit easier to do; this is where you hand below the rings rather than your arms supporting your body weight above the rings.
- One-leg extended L-sits, and alternate legs until you build up strength to perform the exercise with both legs simultaneously.
Advanced Ring L-Sits
- Weighted L-sits - perform the L-sit with ankle weights. Please take care doing this as it may place strain on the lower back.
- L-sit scissor - get in position, open and close the legs in a scissor like motion.
- V-sit - A truly difficult exercise. Work on raising the straight legs past horizontal and further towards the face.
- L Hangs - performing the L-Sit hold in a hanging position
When developing your L-sit a common goal is to work torwards a three minute hold in increments of 30 seconds each set (comprising 6 sets) - 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, and 180 seconds.
When you reach this goal you will have developed excellent abdominal strength.
Always consult your GP before undertaking any form of weight loss, fitness or exercise