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Training Tech 6 steps to the perfect situp

first_img‘ACCURACY’ HAS BECOME one of the most common words uttered by Irish athletes in search of greatness in recent years.It relates, not just to hitting the target with a ball or putting your feet in the right place during competition; it encompasses everything within the daily grind of trying to become fitter, faster, stronger, better.So, every Tuesday we’ll aim to bring you the best technical advice on an individual exercise that can make all the difference to both your physique and performance. This week, the situp. New Jersey police instructors look on as applicants take on the situp portion of the test. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesFirst, we’ll differentiate between a situp and a crunch. Both definitely have their place in exercising abdominal muscles, but as they have a similar movement we will group them together here.The full situp will work the entire ab area from stomach to pelvis, while the crunch will simply work the top end of your abdominals.If you’re just starting out, then stick to crunches for now. When you’re confident in your form move on to steps four, five and six to take on the full situp.1. Settle downLie down on a firm surface and bend your knees. Your feet, back, shoulders and head should all be on the floor before your start.You can choose wherever is most comfortable to place your arms: Crossing them (with fingertips touching your shoulders) or placing them behind your head are helpful ways to keep you centred, but the latter can offer too much temptation to pull your head forward by force. You can try crunches with your feet off the ground like KP. Or keep yourself grounded. Source: AP/Press Association Images2. Mind that spineStop us if you’ve heard this before, but keeping your back straight is vital in every exercise.This is not how you do anything. Source: Physical Therapy VideoInstead, let your abs do the work. Keep your lower back on the floor and fix your eyes on a point in the ceiling rather than trying to see where you’re going. That makes it easier to keep your neck and back straight as you lift your shoulders and chest off the floor at a 30 degree angle.3. Let yourself down easyTake it slow, there are no short-cuts in fitness. So embrace that pain in your abs and challenge yourself to control the descent as much as the rise. Source: Brad Weston/YouTubeReady for a full situp?All of the above points still apply, except now when you’re rising there are much greater demands on your core to pull you up.4. Keep your feet pressed downWe’re easy-going about whether your feet on the ground in a crunch, but in a situp you should get a person/weights/couch to keep you grounded.5. Straight backIn a crunch your lower back never moves from the deck. Now though, you’ll be bringing your whole torso up towards your knees. Source: Brad Weston/YouTubeAgain, make sure you are not pulling your neck with your hands. If the temptation is too much, place them in front of you and they can perform an extra function – when your elbow meets your knee you’ve come up far enough.6. Keep your eyes looking straight ahead, your neck will followIn a crunch we said to look at the ceiling, but in a situp it will move out of view. So just stare straight ahead thinking about how all of this is so worth it. Source: HowcastIf you do have concerns about your back in exercises like this >>>  6 steps to the perfect planklast_img read more

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