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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

Itís no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    eek... it's lil' Fixation! fixationdarknes's Avatar
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    Decline Sit-up questions

    1. When sitting up, should I keep my back straight or does it curl into the finish of each repetition?

    2. At the top of each sit-up rep, my back felt quite a bit of stress which surprised me because I would've thought it would just mainly be my abdominals and hip flexors getting worked. Was this due to me not keeping my back straight?

    3. How far do you go, RoM-wise? Do you stop once you are sitting up at a 90 degree angle to the floor or do you keep going until you feel like your abdominals are as contracted as possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixationdarknes View Post
    1. When sitting up, should I keep my back straight or does it curl into the finish of each repetition?

    2. At the top of each sit-up rep, my back felt quite a bit of stress which surprised me because I would've thought it would just mainly be my abdominals and hip flexors getting worked. Was this due to me not keeping my back straight?

    3. How far do you go, RoM-wise? Do you stop once you are sitting up at a 90 degree angle to the floor or do you keep going until you feel like your abdominals are as contracted as possible?

    Thanks.
    1. when i do these i curl into the finish of each rep. 2. Decline sit-ups do bother some peoples backs. You may have to take it easy at first. Also make sure you are strenghtening your back. 3. I vary the angle of the decline bench put perform the rep through a full range from resting on the pad to brining my elbows up to my knees.

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    it depends on the angle of the bench, the type of foot brace on the bench and where you hold the weight.

    with the foot brace that has no stabilizer under your knee pits, i bend my back. its too awkward otherwise

    with the bench that has an angled rest for under your knees, i can keep my back perfectly straight when i rep

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