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Can't do sit ups or crunchies?

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2011/03/22 18:06:11 (permalink)

Can't do sit ups or crunchies?

Well its not so much that I can't do them, its just my lower back hurts like hell afterwards, I don't want to cause back damage so I soon stopped.

I do them at home and my floor has quite a hard surface (and the carpet can really iritate the skin on your back!) so that might be why? Anyone have advice on what I could do to stop this pain?
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    kaldog
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/22 18:27:06 (permalink)
    just dont bother with them tbh
     
    if theyre causing you pain forget about it - youll get your abs well trained from core body movements like squats, deadlifts etc.
     
    if you want to do ab work seperately do some rope crunches at the gym or something at the end of a workout

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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/22 18:32:36 (permalink)
    Focus on floor core work and stuff (front plank, side plank, swiss balls etc), there are loads of weird and wonderful exercises that will hopefully help your back. I've not done conventional ab work for about 4 years now I reckon.
     
    Have you had your back looked at to see where/what your problem is?

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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/22 18:57:57 (permalink)
    dirtyvest

    Focus on floor core work and stuff (front plank, side plank, swiss balls etc), there are loads of weird and wonderful exercises that will hopefully help your back. I've not done conventional ab work for about 4 years now I reckon.

    Have you had your back looked at to see where/what your problem is?

    No, but I'm 17 so would be evry surprised if theres a problem at all!
     
    If you think its still worth looking into I would, but I can't really afford to pay for it so could the NHS look into it for me or is it a private clinic thing?
     
    Thanks to the both of you for your advice on other exercises, but I should also add I'm not a member of a gym as I can't really afford it. All the work I do is at home!
     
     
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/22 19:17:56 (permalink)
    If the problem has been persistant and not eased then I would get it looked at. If not too bothersome then go thru your GP for a referral but that could take a few months. Other options would be physios or osteo privately. Costs about £40 a session altho your first would be a bit more.
     
    Google or search YT for core work, you'll get loads.

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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/23 12:22:12 (permalink)
    Yep. Two things:
     
    1. Don't do them then, they're not that good anyway. There's loads of better ways to train the abs / core.
     
    2. Get it looked at. Even on the NHS you can get spinal / biomech. assessments done, you'll just have to get on a waiting list.
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/24 00:44:10 (permalink)
    Forget crunches, hang from a bar at full arms length and hold your legs our straight infront of you for 30 seconds a time :)
     
    Killer on the abs lol
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/24 15:10:18 (permalink)
    ^This is a hip flexor movement as much as it is abs but it's still not bad, although I'd ditch the 30 second hold and go for reps, far better.
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/24 15:43:04 (permalink)
    Haha Crunchies makes them sound much cuter and enjoyable....
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/24 15:54:57 (permalink)
    kaldog

    just dont bother with them tbh

    if theyre causing you pain forget about it - youll get your abs well trained from core body movements like squats, deadlifts etc.

    if you want to do ab work seperately do some rope crunches at the gym or something at the end of a workout

     
    Might be suitable if your core is working properly, but if not you won't get sufficient core activation, and you'll end up working yourself into a mess.
     
    Much better work to start with would be (in no particular order)
     
    Pelvic tilting
    Knee fallouts
    Bridging
    Deadbug & progressions http://www.dcdoctor.com/pages/rightpages_wellnesscenter/homeexercises/back/exercises/exer_back_ex_deadbug.html
     
    IF you're going to train abs and core, do so with static contractions as with the above. All crunching and other spinal flexion movements will do is a) put more stress on your vertebral dics and b) shorten the rectus abdominus and pull you into a kyphotic posture due to it's attachments onto the pelvis and xyphoid process (rib cage).
     
    dirtyvest 

    Focus on floor core work and stuff (front plank, side plank, swiss balls etc), there are loads of weird and wonderful exercises that will hopefully help your back. I've not done conventional ab work for about 4 years now I reckon. 

    Have you had your back looked at to see where/what your problem is? 
     
     
    Professional advice FTW, self diagnosis will only get you so far but you never know exactly what you need till someone else looks at you.
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    Re:Can't do sit ups or crunchies? 2011/03/24 20:49:14 (permalink)
    ^^AK_88 has pretty much said what the safest, most effective and efficient options are without actually screening you for dysfunction

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