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    Sit-ups help

    Hi All,

    I've been attempting to do some sit-ups in order to pass an upcoming fitness test.

    The test requires sit-ups to be performed without feet anchored, which I have difficulty to do, as my feet just lift off the ground.

    I can knock out a heap when my feet are anchored however cant do one of the required type.

    Can anyone suggest how to build the strength to help with the above?

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    keep working at it?

    push your heels into the floor?
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    yeah you are

    Baby if you time travel back far enough you can avoid that work because the dust won't be there. You're too pretty to be working that hard.
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    Abs are stabelizer muscles, not contracting muscles. Do planks. Obviously do sit ups to pratice but, planks will strengthen. Sit ups wont. Sit ups are more a measure of strength than a builder of strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingofturtles View Post
    Abs are stabelizer muscles, not contracting muscles. Do planks. Obviously do sit ups to pratice but, planks will strengthen. Sit ups wont. Sit ups are more a measure of strength than a builder of strength.
    Sit ups test hip flexor strength - so says the Army. And hip flexor strength is precisely why I'm doing battle with my sciatic nerve right now (muscle imbalance so say my chiropractor/running coach).

    unless you HAVE to do sit ups, like b/c it's a part of your job or something, I'd give them up.
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    Sit ups tend to be more hip flexor than abdominal, especially with the feet anchored. Abdominals are just as much movement muscles as stabilizers, so I'd do both: planks and continuing to practice unanchored by pressing your heels into the floor.
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    Thanks all, appreciate the feedback

    How do planks build strength when there is no range of movement?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJilm View Post
    Thanks all, appreciate the feedback

    How do planks build strength when there is no range of movement?
    Try them and you will find out! They are an isometric exercise. Basically, you're resisting the force of gravity on your core by keeping it straight instead of letting it sag as it would if you totally relaxed your core. Isometrics don't look like anything is happening, but you can generate some crazy tension with them.

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    Agreed with planks. Download Mark's PB Fitness e-book and do the progression he suggests. Spidermans... side-planks... up-downs... these are all things that Mark has in his book and my personal trainer had me do (back when I had a trainer... sigh...). They're awesome for your abs!

    Also, don't forget to do back exercises, too. Your "core" includes abs, obliques and lower back -- increase your strength in your abs and you can weaken your back. Do some back exercises to even things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissJecka View Post
    Do some back exercises to even things out.
    Thanks! PB Fitness doesn't include back exercises. What would you suggest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigJilm View Post
    Thanks! PB Fitness doesn't include back exercises. What would you suggest?
    The ones I do are:

    Swimmer

    Swan

    Cat Stretch

    Child's Pose

    I actually do all four in that order after I do my planks.
    >> Current Stats: 90% Primal / 143 lbs / ~25% BF
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