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Old 10-28-2004, 02:54 AM   #1
Christian Saffel
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I noticed that in the picture of the L-sit competition yesterday (, they were doing the L-sit with their hands in front of their hips. Of course, it might be due to fatigue, but is it possible to have a perfect L with hands at the hips, body vertical and no leaning back? Just want to know if what I'm striving for is even technically possible.
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Old 10-28-2004, 08:17 AM   #2
Roger Harrell
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Absolutely. A "good" L-sit requires that you push your hips forward as you do the L. This increases the difficulty significantly, and requires a slight lean back. Also legs should be totally tight and toes pointed if you want to get picky about it. Even a slight bend in the knees is not acceptable.

As this gets stronger you can start to take the L up to a V (toes pointed towards the ceiling. Hips significantly in front of hands). Then to a Manna. Legs parallel with the ground again, but this time above your head, hips in front of hands and level with shoulders.
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Old 10-28-2004, 08:25 AM   #3
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You are correct, at that point in the contest I'm sure that their form was starting to deteriorate. All are fine athletes and know how to perform an L-sit correctly.

With regards to whether a perfect L-sit is technically possible; of course it is. It will require some persistance, however it is a reasonable goal for even someone of modest athletic ability. The L-sit is also the first pre-requisite for being able to progress to straddle L's, V-sits and Mannas.

In addition to the execution points which you have already mentioned, also strive to keep your back flat, the chest high and elbows locked.

Don't however, become too fixated on pushing yourself to achieve a perfect L-sit quickly. Enjoy the journey, simply working an L-sit - regardless of whatever technical deficiencies you may have - has a myriad of benefits.

I have included the following link in case you would like some additional information of the subject:

Yours in Fitness,
Coach Sommer
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