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Correct Sit-up Form

#1 Post by Steve C » Fri 14 Dec, 2001 9:22 am

Are these done with your legs anchored or with your legs free? Thanks.

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#2 Post by Steve14 » Sat 20 Sep, 2008 5:47 pm

Any suggestions for an alternate excersise that works the same muscle groups?

I find proper form Marine sit ups painfull to my lower back. Physio has me doing some really light boring flex excersise that would bore the tits off you.

So Im Doing half sits at the moment.

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#3 Post by Sam.... » Sat 22 Nov, 2008 11:53 pm

With your feet and knees together, knees bent at approximately 90 degrees, another recruit puts their knees either side of your ankles to keep them locked together, and their hands on the top of your feet to keep them down.

Hands must be touching the side of the head, elbows go up to the top of the knees, and down all the way to the floor.

To the chap that asked about other exercises...

Lie on the floor, keeping everything from your ass up on the floor, rise your legs to a right angle with your body, then bring them back down but dont let your feet touch the floor and then keep doing it, it f*cking kills after a while.

[Edited to add a bit - druadan]

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#4 Post by druadan » Thu 25 Dec, 2008 4:12 pm

Sit-ups are one of very few exercises where it is commonly held that the best way to improve is NOT to simply do lots of them!

All abs exercises will help to a certain extent; I'm no PTI, but I'd suggest crunches (with and without twists), leg raises (see above post), hanging leg raises (also known as knees-to-chest - either hanging from a bar or on the proper gym frame for them, let your legs hang naturally, then raise knees to chest, allowing knees to bend normally), ankle-taps, V-sits, etc.

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#5 Post by Rogue Chef » Thu 25 Dec, 2008 5:27 pm

Static exercises are beneficial for improving core strength.

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#6 Post by druadan » Fri 26 Dec, 2008 8:01 pm

rossy, could you paste a link to that into your post please? Would be much appreciated.


#7 Post by just_me » Fri 26 Dec, 2008 9:38 pm

These are some Youtube videos with RM showing how certain excercises are done:
Pull ups: ... re=related
Sit ups:
Press ups (wide): ... re=related

[EDIT - note that this is a wide-arm press up, not the narrow-arm exercise you must perform for PRMC - druadan]

Squats: ... re=related

Others are in related videos. Not the best quality (video quality) but helpful.

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#8 Post by Stokey_14 » Sat 27 Dec, 2008 9:31 pm

Just on the topic of core strength I've found that working the core as a 'unit' is much better than just working the abs... there are countless exercises which i like to swap and change, some for endurance some for strength.

There are to many to list but some that i don't think have been mentioned are...


Side Planks ... re=related
dorsal raises

side crunches

Ab wheel roll outs (need a ab wheel/barbell with weight on for this)

good mornings (Barbell or sandbag) ... orning.htm

dead lifts (barbell)

dead lift with a twist ( Heavy dumbbell)

chinnes (crunches where you bring you're elbow to the opposite knee)

L-sits (very tough!) sit legs in front of you and raise you're self using you're hands keeping the legs and core straight


as an addition you can do vacuum's as well

The core is a funny one i find... i work it a lot more frequently than other body parts and find this suits me... it also gets worked using some heavy compound lifts, sandbag conditioning and we also do drills at boxing where by people slam medical balls on too you're abs or hit you with 16 Oz gloves while you stand with you're stomach tensed to get use to and toughen up the core.

After a few years of using all these exercises (Not at all once! :P ) normal sit ups become a breeze... doubt I've done sit ups of my own accord for months now but last time i did a two min test i got just over a hundred (can't remember the exact amount) so it goes to show what has been said in the above posts are correct.

The best investment i ever made training wise was buying all the off the books sold at Never gymless, infinate intensity and the DVD (with manual) of full throttle conditioning.

not saying they are far from essential, but he is one of the few writers I find to be 100% B/S free and after using his methods for a year or more now i have really progressed as an athlete.

Now I've babbled for far to long... happy training folks 8)


P.S. No i don't work for Ross training :P I just really like his work!

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Re: Correct Sit-up Form

#9 Post by Spacerobby » Mon 19 Sep, 2011 9:35 am

The best sit-up exercises are still the exercises from my [URL= ... -beds.html]solid wood bed[/URL]. One leg over, one leg below, 20 sit-ups every morning and evening. And after 2 months you will see the result: your washboard abs :-)

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