I am a beginner who wants to L-sit, should I begin the appropriate progressions on the floor, or on parelletes (I have both)? Paralletes seems slightly easier. Thanks.

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L-Sit Progression

Foot Supported L-sit

Sit down on the ground with your legs straight in front of you. Put your hands next to your thighs and push yourself up (straight arms!), leaving your feet on the ground. Hold for the assigned time period.

One-Leg Foot Supported L-sit

Do a foot supported L-sit, but raise one of your legs up from the ground.

Tuck L-sit

Sit down on the floor with your legs bent (about 90 degree angle at the knee, 45 degree angle at the hip). Put your hands slightly in front of your butt and push yourself up (straight arms!).

Advanced Tuck L-sit or One-Leg L-sit

Either tuck less than before (extend your legs outwards), or stay tucked and extend only one leg straight like in a real L-sit.


Common Issues

I can't push up! Are my arms too short? Should I use paralletes?

No, your arms are not too short to do an L-sit. You just lack the ability to push down through the shoulders (depress the scapula), or to compress enough (see here for a demonstration of maximum compression)). The foot-supported L-sit from the progression will help with the former, compression work will help with the latter.

My upper leg cramps up and hurts! What do I do?

Massage it out and continue onwards. It'll get better with time.

  • Not to contradict your point on compression, but notice the guy doing on the video has a long arm/short torso/long legs body type. Also, he supports himself elevated on the fingers which is almost like using paralletes, only that the latter is safer.
    – BKE
    Dec 6, 2016 at 14:07
  • Unless you are missing an arm or have a serious medical condition, your arms are long enough to do a L-Sit.
    – John
    Dec 7, 2016 at 7:45
  • Sure, my point was that parelletes are not necessarily useless at some stage of training for some people.
    – BKE
    Dec 7, 2016 at 10:07

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