Correct sit-up technique

(12 Posts)
ellesabe Fri 12-Apr-13 08:49:17

I have been doing an exercise DVD and last night did the abs section for the first time which involves a fair few sit-ups. At the time, I was aware of my neck being rather uncomfortable and this morning it feels really stiff. My abs don't ache at all - just my neck confused

Is my technique wrong?

HeathRobinson Fri 12-Apr-13 08:52:04

Ooh, I'd love to know the correct technique. I'm petrified of getting this wrong and ending up with a sticky outy abdomen. hmm

<watches thread>

Did you habve your hands behind your neck? That is wrong.

If you have very little core strength (i.e no ab muscles) then your back and neck would have been doing all the work to lift your torso off the florr, but as you gain core strength you should be able to do them better.

Basically if you start sitting up and hugging your knees, then gently roll your torse back in a controlled way, you should feel it in your abs.

Good sit ups shouldn't have you lunging forward right up to your knees and back down again, but rather they should be slow controlled movements where you lift your torse off the floorand then move up and down keeping your stomach muscles contracted. You don't have to sit right up and down again each time, 'crunches' are best.

Heath I don't think you can get a sticky out abdoment from doing ab workouts grin

This is the ab workout I use and I have the flat toned stomach to prove it works!

Ashollie Fri 12-Apr-13 18:11:51

I think if you tick your chin in when sitting up it should help? X

Ashollie Fri 12-Apr-13 18:12:27

Tuck*

HeathRobinson Sat 13-Apr-13 11:23:38

overmydeadbody - thanks! That will be really helpful. I shall aspire to your toned stomach. grin

ellesabe Sat 13-Apr-13 14:47:36

Thanks for the help.

I didn't have my hands behind my head and was doing them in a controlled way so I think it's my lack of core strength that's the problem blush

Thankfully my abs have been aching a little bit today so hopefully I was doing something right!

Sounds like it may well just be lack of core strength then [grin, especially if your abs are hurting now.

Your strength should build up quite rapidly if you do the workouts regularly, and then you will hopefully not get neck ache.

It is absolutely ok for your hands to be behind your head, but your neck should be relaxed (not tense) and head supported by your hands, not pulling your head up. They are there precisely so that you can avoid working/straining your neck but it can take practice to properly relax - don't tuck your chin into chest, keep head in a neutral position, in line with spine. As mydeadbody said, there is also no need to sit all the way up.

You can get sticky out abs from too many crunches and sit ups, especially with poor technique! Better to do more planks, side planks and Pilates type exercises as well as some (rather than loads) of crunches. Also don't forget your lower back which is really important for core strength and injury prevention - try adding some supermans to your routine.

HeathRobinson Fri 19-Apr-13 12:34:05

I've just done the abs workout for the first time. Found it harder than the Shred, which nicely demonstrates how non-existent my abs are. blush

I'm definitely going to stick with it, though, as it's short enough to fit into my life easily. Thanks again, omdb.

Thanks for the info re planks and supermans, Sleep. I do have to watch my back. In fact it feels a bit better after doing the exercise. smile

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Fri 19-Apr-13 12:36:04

Don't tuck your chin in!

You want to keep your spine as straight as you can. Imagine you have an orange held underneath your chin.

Em2121 Thu 25-Apr-13 14:26:41

Have you tried reverse crunches? These were easier for me with post-baby crappy abs:

http://www.menshealth.com/celebrity-fitness/exercise-detail.php?16

x

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