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funny question but...

#2
the old fashioned way is not to have your feet tucked in but gym instructor said to me that if you tuck your feet under a sofa or something like that it is safer and less likely to cause injury. The best way is to do it with a fitball tho! xx
 
#3
the recommendation these days is not to do full on sit ups where you go from lying down to sitting up as it puts too much strain on the neck, etc. The correct way these days is to go for more of a stomach crunch.

  1. Lie on the floor with your legs bent, your feet flat on the floor. If you prefer, you can keep your legs bent at a 90 degree angle so that the bottom of your feet are vertical. Engage your stomach muscles.
  2. Place your hands on the back of your head, or if you prefer, cross them over your chest.
  3. Lift your shoulder blades off the ground moving your elbows towards your knees. Don't try to lift your whole back - just your shoulder blades.
  4. Squeeze your abs for a second.
  5. Slowly return to the starting position.
  6. Repeat steps 3 - 5 until you've completed the desired number of reps.
... also, don't tuck your chin into your chest. Keep your eyes on the ceiling (where have I heard that experssion before? :eek:)
 

Bumpy0

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#4
I really struggle to do sit ups, i hurt my back last year and i don't want to do it again! I have got a yoga dvd and they do them backwards on there! I find it a lot easier with no neck or back strain! You can make them easy or harder as you progress too.

Sit on the floor with knees raised and feet flat. Gently lower yourself back, as if you were going to lay down. When you feel the pull in your tummy hold it. Then sit up and repeat. It does get easier so, lay further back or lift your feet off the floor. When you are really strong, stretch your legs out in front and lift off the floor, then slowly lay back. OUCHH!!!!
 

Bea

Back on the wagon!
#5
what is the proper way to do sit up's? i always done them with my feet tucked under a bit of furniture and done them like that but my boyfriend said that's wrong and showed me how he do them, which i am not sure that's the right way either?

how do you guys do them? if you do them.....
I have to say I swear by the calanetics ...se this link which gives a bit more detail Health Center 4

They are just gentle curving exercises.....but sooooo effective...;) you can buy the DVD on ebay for a few pounds....
 


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