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    Sit-ups, good or bad? Also, how to do them?

    I've heard that sit-ups don't work your abs, that they work your hip flexors. Is this true? And if it's not, how do you do them most effectively? (with added weight)

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    Yes, situps can usually hit the hip flexors as synergists. If you do situps on a decline bench, then yeah, it can definitely work your hip flexors even more. But who told you that situps don't work your abs? Whoever told you that needs to be punched. Of course situps work your abs (as long as you do them correctly).

    Currently, I'm not strong enough to really add weight to my situps, but if you want to, just hold a plate on your chest and that should do. I just do 2-3 sets of about 20 reps 1-2x a week. Soon though, I will begin adding weight. I should probably start adding weight now actually.
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    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    does anyone know how to do a jhanda sit up, ive heard that guy pavel really likes it and that it targets the abs REALLY well, no idea if thats true though.

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    try working on crunches instead of situps. That can focus more on your abs and really help...also try them on decline or on a medicine ball (feet on the floor, knees bent at a 90 degree angle) and add weight to either of those if you can...good luck
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    how far up should i come on a crunch?

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    as far as you can without pushing yourself to hit your chest to your knees like situps...I normally roll up until my weight is completely off my back and totally on my butt
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    wouldn't it just be better to use a swiss ball so i can get full rom? or are crunches that much better?

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    ive heard that its best to focus on chest to pelvis for any ab exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JBrehm
    how far up should i come on a crunch?
    I just crunch until my abs feel fully contracted and they feel like they can't crunch any further.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatrb38
    I try to visualize that my girlfriend is under the weight and I have to push the weight up to save her. Of course it doesn't work and I just laugh as I think about the weight slowly crushing her bones. Then I remember it's me under the weight and give 200% effort to push it back up.

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    Isolate then integrate. I've found that many people perform sit-ups incorrectly. Once proper form is established you can start to load then appropriately.
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    ok, so sit-ups are ok with the proper technique.... anyone know where i might find a set of photos and a description or a video that shows true proper technique?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fixationdarknes
    I just crunch until my abs feel fully contracted and they feel like they can't crunch any further.
    Right on.
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