I recently joined the Army National Guard, and started working on my sit ups a lot because thats a huge weakness for me. I am 5'8 145 pounds, not someone who is overweight or even close to it. I consider my self to be in good shape and health.
So ive been doing situps for just over a week now, hoping to start seeing the smallest improvement and honestly im not seeing anything and its becoming very frustrating. Most of the time I can not do more than 10 sit ups at a time, I have to stop after 10 a rest for a while. I have tried to do a few without having my feet under something and I can not even come close. Its like I feel like my brain isint sending the right signals because I Have no idea how to sit up without my feet being held down. WITH my feet being held down ive also tried to do situps very slowly to actually feel my abs working and I can not do that either. The only way I can do a situp it seems is when I throw my body up as hard as I can. Even when I was at the gym last night I put my feet under 35 pound dumbells to hold them down but a lot of the time while trying to sit up my feet would be pulling the weights off the ground.
Do ANYBODY have explinations or tips that could maybe help me? This is one of the most frustrating things ive ever delt with. I dont feel like im somebody who is overweight of out of shape...
Any advice would be very helpful
Thread: Help with Sit ups?
01-31-2012, 03:36 PM #1
Help with Sit ups?
01-31-2012, 04:16 PM #2
Just remember your abs won't show by doing sit ups. Everyone has a 6 pack but most have a good ol chunk of fat covering them up. Grab an ab bench, throw your feet under the rollers and lock em in so ya don't move. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF! If you just can't do em, then I'd do crunches. Grab a Pilates ball and use that to do your crunches. The more you work the core the stronger it will get. Eventually you'll be able to do your sit ups with no prob.
01-31-2012, 05:04 PM #3
01-31-2012, 05:52 PM #4
You could give Planks a try.. I do those at the very end of an ab workout for as long as I can. Those would be a good way to build up your core.. IMO the last thing you want to do is "throw yourself" That sounds like it kinda hurts. Give the crunches, Pilates ball a try for a week.. See if that helps at all.
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01-31-2012, 08:37 PM #9
Throw in V-ups, Ab leg raises, Ab leg extentions, Ab bicycle, and the Ab roller. Try to focus on your stomach and really squeeze. I feel like the reason your throwing yourself up is because your not focusing on your stomach, instead your more worried about the motion. Try a lot of crunchs too. And don't stop at 10 reps, go to failure, go until you physically cant go anymore, then rest until you catch your breath and do it again.
Hope this helps a little. Good luck. You'll be able to get 50 in no time, just keep at it.
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The reason we don't need to hold our feet down for crunches is because we're lifting just our upper bodies and keeping the lower back and pelvis and legs on the ground, which weigh more than the rib cage + head + arns. Yet even with crunches, if you are using a huge amount of weight/leverage and shifting your center of balance, you'd also need to anchor your feet.
The reason we more often must anchor our feet with situps is because we're lifting our lower backs off the ground, and rotating the pelvis up. This increases the amount of weight being lifted. Most people's legs combined will weigh less than the weight of the rest of their body, so anchoring the feet is required to make it a situp. Otherwise, the contraction of the hip flexors involved in situps would lift the legs instead, or both at the same time (like a V-up).
For variety, you could also try hanging leg raises. Leg raises can also be done on the decline bench (though your torso would be inclined in this case).
Beyond that, training crunches is also good, by keeping the lower back planted and not rotating the pelvis, it will allow you to feel your abs. You will not be able to get as high because fewer joints are moving, but that's fine, and you will be able to feel the abs.
Crunches don't build sit-ups though. The abs stabilize during the movement, and can cheat people into sit-ups (via the explosive crunch start) but ultimately it's a hip flexor movement.
Originally Posted by Dr. Richard Guyer, president of the Texas Back Institute
Originally Posted by Stuart M. McGill, a professor of spine biomechanics at the University of Waterloo.
So basically: this is BS. You might as well listen to a yogi's claim that we have a fixed number of breaths before we die, so we should limit the amount of breaths we take by taking long deep ones instead of panting. Unproven mystical pseudoscience.
Originally Posted by celebrity trainer Steve Maresca
Originally Posted by McGill, author of "Ultimate Back Fitness and Performance" (Stuart McGill, 2004).
What all these "train your core isometric only" folks seem to be missing here is that if this were all the spine were for, it'd likely be solid bone. That we have vertebrae and muscles to control them clearly illustrates our core is supposed to move, just not to excess.
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02-01-2012, 11:18 AM #14
I have been following the 200 sit up program and today my sets were 7,9,6,6 then max.
Should be easy right since ive got all the other days without a problem, NO. I struggled to get the first 7, then after rested I went for 9 and only got 4. I just dont understand it and its becoming very very frustrating.
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The 200 sit-ups program you mentioned is made through patterns, and sometimes those patterns scale disproportionately to your progress, and so you must tweak their program to fit you.
I recommend trying knee raises (eventually leg raises) on parallel bars or from a pull-up bar instead of sit-ups. Another move to work on is the L-Sit. Here's a site that shows progression http://www.drillsandskills.com/article/15. It's an isometric ab hold.
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You shouldn't be 'throwing' yourself up. thats asking for a injury. Sit up's are one of those exercises where you can injure yourself if you do them incorrectly or stupidly. anyway the goal is to train your abs, so make sure you 'curl' your body into a sit up. Bruce Lee would describe it like curling up a newspaper. that way your abs get worked. many people I have seen doing sit ups try to keep their torso straight and pivot from their hips. If you wanna work mostly your hip flexors i guess thats ok, but you want your abs to work.
Also to those who say to you your abs are meant to "stablize you", they are only half right. you have core muscles to stabalize you, some to flex contract so you curl up (crunch/sit up etc) and curl down* think a floor cobra* and some that will work on twisting your abs. your abs are not really a 'one muscle wonder'. you have different muscles that make up your core.
if sit ups are to hard by curling up, then do what vampborn suggested. the l sit is also a good one as well. and good luck with your test."The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender!"
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02-07-2012, 08:49 AM #18
Its now been almost 3 weeks, and im just showing no improvements at all. I saw a personal trainer at my gym last week and he said the only thing he noticed was that I used to much Hip Flexor when doing sit ups and that it was something in my mind, to learn how to not use so much hip flexor. We did a bunch of ab workouts to get my core burning then went back to do some sit ups to see if I could target my abs instead of hip flexors. Well I just dont know anymore, the most sit ups I can put out at a time are 10....anything after that is like 6. my hip flexors still hurt when I do situps. I just have no idea what to do anymore....Its becoming very frustrating.
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