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Old 04-21-2009, 08:50 PM   #41
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

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By the way, just watched a video of a GH situp: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j8n9th6TPI0

If I ever, -ever- see anyone at my gym doing that I'm going to smack them in the head. That is one of the dumbest exercises I've ever witnessed. If you want to use that unit, the idea is to use your ABS to stop your descent instead of your farking SPINE. Good lord.
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Looks just like the way I learned how to do GHD situps and have always done them, injury and pain free.
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Old 04-21-2009, 08:53 PM   #42
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

Everyone does them injury free... until they get injured. It's like the old saying, "I wasn't a murderer until I killed that guy."

Cut it a lot higher than that, say just when your head dips lower than the level of your feet. You'll be using your core to reverse direction instead of your tendons and spinal discs.
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Old 04-22-2009, 07:14 AM   #43
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

As someone who has been injured by GHD sit ups, that video IS doing them correctly. When I was injured, I was doing them wrong. (forgot the knee bend... used only core to come back up) I'm not sure what your arguement is. His descent is controlled and he uses his abs through out the entire exercise.

and what do you mean by "cut it a lot higher"? You mean stop higher? The point is to go as far back as you can and work your way up. I usually try to touch the floor with one hand to know I've gotten the right depth.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:12 AM   #44
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

Yeah, and that's putting the body in such a hilariously bad position I'm blown away. It's like having most people do behind the neck push presses. Sure a few can do it but you're gonna have a whole lot of blown rotator cuffs.
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Old 04-22-2009, 09:32 AM   #45
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

If you're doing them right you're not hyperextending the spine, and you're using your trunk in the manner that it is designed, stabilizing the midline and keeping your torso a rigid lever.

These are not a trunk flexion exercise.
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Old 04-23-2009, 04:54 PM   #46
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

ahh... kinda looked about perfect to me...not sure i understand your issue w/ his movement?
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Old 04-23-2009, 07:27 PM   #47
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

It's a poor exercise, in my humble o-pin-ion. No different than "on the toes" squats (which I've seen taught), or behind the neck push presses. They're recipes for massive injury.
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Old 04-23-2009, 09:12 PM   #48
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

To be fair, Zach, I am not quite sure about the spinal position myself.
But the only injury you REALLY read and hear about are extreme muscle soreness or even rhabdo.
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:00 AM   #49
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

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To be fair, Zach, I am not quite sure about the spinal position myself.
But the only injury you REALLY read and hear about are extreme muscle soreness or even rhabdo.
It gives me a headache too
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Old 04-28-2009, 01:35 PM   #50
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Re: GH Sit-ups, Worth The Risk?

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It gives me a headache too
I hope you're not serious? a head ache is far from an injury. It's mild discomfort. that's kind of what you signed up for when you decided to do rhabdo.

The point was- there aren't really any "heard of" injuries from the GHD sit ups other than rhabdo and muscle soreness. For some reason Zach things this will hurt your spine? Sure, if you do them wrong, I guess they might... though it is REALLY REALLY doubtful. Then again, if you do front squats wrong, you could mess up your back/spine too but I don't hear anyone saying that a squat is a bad exercise.

They're both useful exercises and yes, GHD sit ups can cause rhabdo and I think a disclaimer should be put out there. They're still useful.
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