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Old 05-30-2013, 07:28 AM   #11
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I have to wonder if the problems with sit-ups arise in people that don't balance out with enough lower back work. My thinking here is similar to the problems that can be caused by benching too much without working your upper back enough. Maybe it creates an imbalanced effect and postural problems.
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I have to wonder if the problems with sit-ups arise in people that don't balance out with enough lower back work. My thinking here is similar to the problems that can be caused by benching too much without working your upper back enough. Maybe it creates an imbalanced effect and postural problems.
my thoughts are the same off road, when i was doing martial arts and dabbled in boxing we did allot of AB work but we also did allot of lower back strength type exercises as well and in allot of training books i have do say balance AB and lower back exercises out, with lower back extensions and dorsal raises.
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I have always hated situps. I would do anything to get out of them. I am glad that other exercises can give on a better core.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:59 PM   #14
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I personally have never minded crunches. I just hate the full blown situps though. Never liked them since I started gym class.
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While I'm in question mode anyway, here's another one.


I've heard a lot of negative opinions on situps. Even some on crunches as well. Is there much (or any!) genuine and relevant evidence to support said opinions? If so, what?

I was thinking of throwing in some weighted decline bench situps again, as another option for ab work (as part of my doing abs directly twice a week, currently). Good or bad choice, do you think?


I obviously don't have enough experience like these guys do to give you advice, but I did come across this video by Elliot Hulse.

Its a really interesting video, though it applies to crunches. It explains how they could be bad for you etc;

I don't know weather this carries over to sit ups as well, but it might be worth a watch.

Like OffRoad said though, allot of exercises have recently become supposedly bad for you, even though people have been doing them for years. Its an opinion that they're bad for you, not a fact as far as I'm aware of, so I'm sure you'll know to take it with a pinch of salt


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For core training I think Planks are the way to go...anti-rotation type drills are the best. Front Planks, Side Planks, Side Plank Cable Rows, etc... these are my bread and butter. I wouldn't do crunches: they just end up working the hip flexors.
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For core training I think Planks are the way to go...anti-rotation type drills are the best. Front Planks, Side Planks, Side Plank Cable Rows, etc... these are my bread and butter. I wouldn't do crunches: they just end up working the hip flexors.
Planks are pretty underrated in my opinion.
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Planks are pretty underrated in my opinion.
Yup...also:

Dragonfly Leg Raises
Cable Wood Chops
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Front Planks (and variations)
Side Planks (and variations)
Elastic Band Punches
Decline Dumbbell Punches
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Kettlebell / Dumbbell Walks <- although I never do these
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