CrossFit Discussion Board  

Go Back   CrossFit Discussion Board > CrossFit Forum > Exercises
CrossFit Home Forum Site Rules CrossFit FAQ Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Exercises Movements, technique & proper execution

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 09-22-2007, 11:42 PM   #1
Sam Blake
Member Sam Blake is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Petawawa  Ontario
Posts: 2
Exclamation Need to double sit ups!

My sit ups have always been weak.
Im about to be in a situation where Im going to need to do about 4 sets of 25 push ups and sit ups ( unsupported ) on a regular basis, a couple of times a day.
Ive been practicing frequently for months, and still start struggling around # 17 on each set. There is no getting around the number of reps or the form, unsupported, shoulders on the ground, hands cupped behind the ears, all the way up, elbows to the knees.
Im 24 167lbs 5' 11". Any thoughts, pyramid workouts, plans , ect ? My max in 1 min supported is 47.

HELP!
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2007, 01:33 AM   #2
Jason Lopez-Ota
Member Jason Lopez-Ota is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Honolulu  Hawaii
Posts: 1,528
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Try impossible or atomic situps.

Seriously try some weighted and other variations.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2007, 06:00 AM   #3
George Mounce
Banned for Ethical and Integrity Violations George Mounce is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Steens  MS
Posts: 3,295
Re: Need to double sit ups!

I'd PM Skip Chase - he's a world record holder for sit-ups.

Read this: http://www.board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=21635
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2007, 11:15 AM   #4
Frank C Ollis
Member Frank C Ollis is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Vista  CA
Posts: 554
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Sam, hit up George's advice for sure.

Also, you should consider going to an affiliate for some help. You may be doing something wrong bio-mechanically.

For someone your age/weight/and how much work you have put into it, 2+2 is not =4. You are having some core strength issues.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2007, 12:25 PM   #5
Sam Blake
Member Sam Blake is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Petawawa  Ontario
Posts: 2
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Thanks for your help,

Im willing to try anything to get them up there.

Sam
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2007, 07:55 AM   #6
Donn Lampost
Member Donn Lampost is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Peotone  IL
Posts: 2
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Sam, since 17 reps is your max, begin performing 1 set of 8 sit ups throughout the day. Once an hour would be ideal, but 5-6 times will work. After 2 weeks, test your maximum. I think you will be pleased with your growth.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2007, 02:35 PM   #7
Leonid Soubbotine
Affiliate Leonid Soubbotine is offline
 
Leonid Soubbotine's Avatar
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Longwood  Fl
Posts: 1,586
Re: Need to double sit ups!

What's your squat and deadlift max? Having a high squat and dl will help you tremendously with situps.

Also you can try Recon Ron pullup program (just do it with pushups and situps). I've been doing it with pullups and kb presses - works very well!
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2007, 03:27 PM   #8
Jay Cohen
Member Jay Cohen is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Sharpsville  PA
Posts: 3,384
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Sam;
Buy an Abmat, leave it laying in plain sight. Do 10 every time you walk by it or at least a few times a day. Do knee to elbows on pull up bar, do OHS, Plank, Turkish Get Up, yada yada yada, and oh ya, do Squats and Dead Lifts as mentioned.

In time, you'll be a beast.

Another rant, sorry, way to much coffee today.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 02:46 PM   #9
William Hutson
Member William Hutson is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Cary  NC
Posts: 14
Re: Need to double sit ups!

Try tabata situps. 8 sets, 20 secs per set, 10 second rest.

Or any program with a series of situps and FIXED rest periods in between, not exceeding 30 seconds of rest.
  Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2007, 03:27 PM   #10
Ryan Blake
Member Ryan Blake is offline
 
Profile:
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Destin  FL
Posts: 30
Re: Need to double sit ups!

To piggyback of Donn-

If you have a sportswatch with a countdown timer set it on thirty minutes and every time it goes off do a set push-ups and sit-ups. Start out slow (10, 15, or whatever) and go up 2-3 reps a set each week. It doesnt seem like a lot but they add up and you are practicing what you will need to be doing anyway. Stay committed to it, if you are in the supermarket or someplace where you cant do a set add it to the next one or drop down there and laugh at the looks you will get. Even if you only do it for 8 hours a day it is a lot of volume and hopefully you will see improvement. Good luck.
  Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Sit ups Steven Becker Exercises 14 12-26-2006 03:32 PM
How to double my pull-ups? Eric Kunisawa Exercises 10 05-10-2006 11:28 AM
Sit-ups... Josh Brehm Exercises 24 06-22-2005 11:08 AM
Muscle-ups, sit-ups Scott Aal Exercises 16 06-17-2005 02:00 PM
Sit ups Jason Horton Exercises 1 07-28-2004 11:19 AM


All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:39 PM.


CrossFit is a registered trademark of CrossFit Inc.