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Bryan Edge 10-24-2005 11:50 AM

I posted this initially to an archive thread (oops). BUT -- thought I'd share:

Got my first L-sit (for about a ten second hold) yesterday. 2 things that helped most:

1) turning inside of the elbows inward, bringing my shoulders to bear more

2) taking off my shoes. Losing the extra weight no doubt helped.

Thanks to everyone that offered tips in the Exercises forum... So, what is a good time to shoot for in an L-Sit before working towards a pike? 30 seconds? 1 minute? More?

Roger Harrell 10-24-2005 01:19 PM

When you say working towards a pike, do you mean a V sit? 30 seconds is a good start.

Bryan Edge 10-24-2005 02:08 PM

Yeah, V-sit is what I was thinking.

Guess I had fish or medieval weaponry on the brain. :-)

Roger Harrell 10-24-2005 11:27 PM

For the V-sit (once your L is strong). Start by doing a tuck sit with your knees high, then straighten your legs. Work this regularly and your V will get more solid until you can lift into it from an L. Then just do em all the time, and keep stretching your pike (not the fish).

Lincoln Brigham 10-25-2005 11:58 AM

Good work.

Josh Brehm 11-13-2005 09:23 PM

What's a pike and V-sit?

Roger Harrell 11-13-2005 10:31 PM




Josh Brehm 11-13-2005 10:49 PM

holy.... wow, and I thought L-sits were hard... looks like I got some training I need to do

Josh Brehm 11-13-2005 10:57 PM

ok, I don't have enough flexibility to do an L-sit not to mention even getting into a v-sit position with me feet on the floor and my trying to bend down into V position, I have a very non flexible lower back, and non-flexible hams. when I try to do a stradle on the floor, besides my legs getting no wider than 3 feet apart, my back tends to lean back, I can't for the life of me sit upright in a straddle position on the ground, what can I do to make this right?

Roger Harrell 11-14-2005 10:09 AM

Uhh... stretch.

Really you need to stretch regularly. When I started gymnastics I couldn't touch my toes in a pike, so I know where you are coming from. Stretch at the end of every workout you do. Once you get consistent doing that, find another time to stretch. Gaining flexibility will give you functionality that otherwise simply isn't possible no matter how strong you are. Stretching is another discipline thing.

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