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Discussion: sit-ups

in: kadley; kadley > 2017-08-20

Aug 21, 2017 11:30 AM # 
acjospe:
these are notoriously bad for people who have lower back/nerve problems. Crunches give you the same benefit to the rectus abdominis, while being much better for your back and/or butt. Planks are also a better option, if you can do them without any arch in your back.
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Aug 21, 2017 1:27 PM # 
ken:
I recently switched to doing mine like this (see curl-up). Incidentally, the whole set there is my new daily 6-minute routine.
Aug 21, 2017 2:36 PM # 
kadley:
I'm pretty sure you're both correct. I like your suggestions, although side planks are hard when you have bad rotator cuffs.
Aug 21, 2017 9:52 PM # 
Charlie:
Try the side planks on an outstretched arm. Really good for shoulder stabilization for those among us with oft-repaired rotator cuffs. Much less shoulder stress than the forearm variety. Keep a nice straight form.
Aug 23, 2017 2:06 AM # 
kadley:
Will have to work on the straight arm side plank. Can't bend my wrist back far enough to rest on palm -- do push ups on my knuckles or fingertips. But can't do a side plank like that.
Aug 23, 2017 2:32 AM # 
walk:
Do push ups grasping a bar bell. Try the side plank over a Swiss ball with the ball in your arm pit. Then raise and lower your butt or just hold. Same affect as using an arm.
Aug 23, 2017 11:31 AM # 
acjospe:
Or just don't do side planks?
Aug 23, 2017 12:33 PM # 
Charlie:
Looks like an opportunity to work on wrist flexibility. I had a fair amount of work to do on it after I shattered my wrist in 2011. Not perfect now, but enough certainly to do a pushup. Or at least that is not the limiting factor in my ability to do pushups.

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