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Old 08-09-2007, 10:33 AM   #1
Christine Crawford
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I am building the hold time for my L-sit but find that my quads (usually just one of them) feel(s) as if they are straining while holding the sit. If I do a few rounds for time, I have to take many breaks to build up to, say, 30 seconds or I have to bend the leg that hurts while fully extending the other. Am I doing something wrong? I should just email my trainer but he is super busy!

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Old 08-09-2007, 11:00 AM   #2
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Nope, you're supposed to feel it in the quads, too. Just keep sitting. :-)
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Old 08-09-2007, 01:46 PM   #3
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I have gotten that too. The muscle is probably cramping. Tuck planches can cause that too.

So far as I know, it's not a problem, and I think that as you work the exercise more, the cramps should set in later. Dropping the L-sit and drastically changing the position you are in might help to relieve the cramp quickly.

This advice is mostly my own experience, though. Not that much supported fact.
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Old 08-09-2007, 04:08 PM   #4
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i think that can happen if a specific muscle isn't used to contracting at that particularly shortened length...i know i've cramped my triceps AND hip flexors doing V-sits. the only way to get around it is warming up well, and just getting accustomed to the position.
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Old 08-09-2007, 05:45 PM   #5
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That might explain why I cramped when doing a tuck planche with fifteen pounds on my ankles. Hip flexors as short as they get and working hard.
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Old 08-09-2007, 07:47 PM   #6
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David, I hadn't thought of that before. I have the same feeling, except I get it RIGHT away when I go into an L-sit. I haven't practiced it much at all, and it's gotten better. Plus I had some flexibility issues in my lower back that needed to get fixed first before I worked on it.
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Old 08-10-2007, 11:05 PM   #7
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OOOOOOOH yeah. flexibility issues...

me trying to do a quality V-sit:
abdominals: (try to pull pelvis to my sternum)
hip flexors: (try to bring femurs to my chest)
hamstrings: (already at their maximum length and being pulled up the femurs, they take the pelvis along with them)
spine: (goes into flexion) guys, i can't go any farther...
brain: hey, hip flexors, quit slacking, those feet are still WAAAAY far away from the face!
hip flexors: (fighting hamstrings) (in scottish accent) WE DON' HAVE ANYMORRRE POWERRR, CAP'N!!! SHE'S GON' BLOW!
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:45 AM   #8
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Yeah... my biggest challenge on the L-sit was flexibility. I can do it now, but I have to consciously lock my legs out straight, which ends up being half of the work -- and yes, it attacks my quads.
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Old 08-11-2007, 11:37 AM   #9
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I don't think I have had flexibility issues with the L-sit - at least not debilitating ones. The stretch reflex might fire a little, but it hasn't been preventing me from doing an L-sit.
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