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Old 02-06-2013, 05:06 PM
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Originally Posted by sparks19 View Post
The sit ups were easy at first but now that I am up to 25 full sit ups (all the way up and all the way down. Not crunches) OY VEY lol
Psst... a crunch is actually better for you.

A crunch is easier to do entirely focusing on your abs and leave your back out of it; the sit up is easier to bring your back muscles into and not get much out of the abs, and if you do it incorrectly will put a lot of strain on back muscles - and actually, there's some research lately that the bend to your spine when you're in the top "sit up" position is bad for you.

You could read the research articles by McGill on spinal flexion but you will probably find a lot of stuff by people who misunderstand what he has to say. ALL spinal flexion is not bad... poor form is bad.

Don't get me wrong, I do crunches too so I don't have a problem with them (I definitely think that a sit up is inferior to a crunch.) But if you want the BEST bang for your workout, planks are the far superior ab exercise... unless you're deadlifting. ;>

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