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Old 12-02-2007, 12:33 PM   #1
Xavier Iturriagagoitia
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Sit-ups & ab work

It's been a while I've done sit ups. Mainly did V-ups, incline crunches, Russian twists, floor wipers, incline side crunch, incline weighted sit up, supermans.
Mostly 10 to 20 reps.

Now today I did some good old sit ups and to my absolute horror I notice I was having difficulties doing 25 sit ups. Especially keeping mt feet on the ground was a pain.

Any ideas?
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Old 12-02-2007, 12:46 PM   #2
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

That's pretty weird.

Is there a reason you want to do situps though? If you can do other core strengthening work I mean it's better. V-ups I know translate very well to situps although the rest of those exercises don't translate as well except maybe weighted situps.
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Old 12-02-2007, 04:44 PM   #3
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

Are you substantially top heavy? To do unanchored situps at any appreciable rate I need to extend my legs out. If I keep them bent in close it's a simple balance equation. My lower back won't come off the ground, instead my legs will come up. Have you tried with something under your lower back as an anchor?
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Old 12-03-2007, 12:06 PM   #4
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

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Are you substantially top heavy? To do unanchored situps at any appreciable rate I need to extend my legs out. If I keep them bent in close it's a simple balance equation. My lower back won't come off the ground, instead my legs will come up. Have you tried with something under your lower back as an anchor?
I don't really understand you question, but if you're asking if my upper body is heavier than legs the answer is absolutely YES.
I have been doing quite some strength work on upper body, while neglecting the legs due to an injury.

Steven, no real raeson to do sit-ups, except variation & it's been a while.
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Old 12-03-2007, 03:51 PM   #5
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

How are your hip flexors? A full situp relies largely on your hip flexors, moreso than your abs. Also, how loose is your lower back?
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Old 12-03-2007, 04:00 PM   #6
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

I would try GHD sit-ups if I had the chance, but regular ones I really don't care for. Give me overhead squats and deadlifts any day of the week.
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Old 12-03-2007, 05:49 PM   #7
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Re: Sit-ups & ab work

Hi all,
I don't have an answer that isn't already posted for the original question. Also, I don't want to highjack this thread (be happy to repost in a new one) but I'm not having trouble doing unanchored situps (not a lot, mind you--I typically do the CFWU this way), but the GHD situps are brutal on my lower abs! I can only do about 15 total reps, about 2 times per week. The rest of the week is spent in recovery! Is that normal and how long does it take to start seeing an improvement?
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