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Old 12-17-2010, 09:22 PM   #11
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Re: GHD Situps

This reminds me of the old joke. " Doctor, it hurts when I do ...."
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Old 12-18-2010, 04:13 PM   #12
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Re: GHD Situps

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I don't think I have problems in any of those areas. Last March I had a grade 2 calf tear, but I doubt that would have anything to do with the pain. What I thought was that you'd have to let your butt hang slightly instead of having it right in the middle of the pad, I'm probably wrong. I'll have to watch the video on how to do them, unfortunately can't view the video here at work!
It may not be the culprit now, but trigger points in any muscles associated in the gait cycle can lead to dysfunction, and compensation leading to low back pain. Soleus is a big one.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:51 AM   #13
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I noticed if you use your back instead of your legs (using legs means locking your knees on the way up) that I would notice back pain especially the next day. Driving with your legs instead of arching your back is the key. I routinely do 50-100 reps a day and I can tell you that when I use my back especially if I arch it and leave my knees flexed that it leads to pain either during or after the workout. Hope that helps. I use a Sorinex GHD which is great.
So are your legs flexed the whole time, during ascension and descension? I tend to relax on the way down, then try to flex and straighten them out on the way up.

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Old 12-20-2010, 11:15 AM   #14
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So are your legs flexed the whole time, during ascension and descension? I tend to relax on the way down, then try to flex and straighten them out on the way up.

Thanks for the feedback everyone, I really appreciate it.
That's correct. Forcefully extend your legs when you begin to come up.
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Old 12-23-2010, 01:34 AM   #15
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Re: GHD Situps

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That's correct. Forcefully extend your legs when you begin to come up.
This. #1 fault on this exercise is not extending legs to get out of the bottom. This fix makes all the difference.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:56 AM   #16
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Re: GHD Situps

Stop doing them like most of us here have. They're overhyped and unless you plan on competing in CF events there's more productive ways to work those muscles. Also, Rip wrote an interesting article question the need for extensive "core" work, since the primary role of the "core" is stability and not ROM movement.

If you just cannot bring your self to eliminate them because CF says you shoudl be doing them, then maybe try adjusting the pad closer to the seat. This means that your *** will be hanging off the back of the seat with the apex of the seat pad resting on your hamstrings.
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Old 12-30-2010, 01:44 PM   #17
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Stop doing them like most of us here have. They're overhyped and unless you plan on competing in CF events there's more productive ways to work those muscles. Also, Rip wrote an interesting article question the need for extensive "core" work, since the primary role of the "core" is stability and not ROM movement.

If you just cannot bring your self to eliminate them because CF says you shoudl be doing them, then maybe try adjusting the pad closer to the seat. This means that your *** will be hanging off the back of the seat with the apex of the seat pad resting on your hamstrings.
Most of WHO has stopped doing them? Board members? Affiliates? I have yet to see a CF Affiliate without one although I am sure there are some. They are one of the exercises suggested in Greg Everett's Olympics Weight lifting book? People were doing these way before Crossfit suggested them right?
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Most of WHO has stopped doing them? Board members? Affiliates? I have yet to see a CF Affiliate without one although I am sure there are some. They are one of the exercises suggested in Greg Everett's Olympics Weight lifting book? People were doing these way before Crossfit suggested them right?
Most of us at this facility. I can't speak for the CF community at large.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:24 AM   #19
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Re: GHD Situps

GHD situps are geat if you initiate up portion with rectus fem. by locking legs out and pushing into pad.
Brian is also right about soleus -dorsiflex foot and use the stick or dowel or golf club to get adhesions out. Any imbalance in the kinetic chain will show up as compensation somewhere and possible injury.
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Old 12-31-2010, 08:40 AM   #20
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Re: GHD Situps

Food for thought:
http://www.****************.com/arti...s_rippetoe.pdf (maybe not 100% WFS, but close)

Read it with an open mind.
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