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4/4/19 5:27 P

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You're welcome! Glad it helped!

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4/4/19 4:28 P

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Coach Jen,

That helps a lot!! I've never been that fond of sit ups OR crunches, but I do like planks. I also know there are a ton of variety.

So I'm switching up, based on your recommendations! Thanks!

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4/3/19 9:29 P

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Hi Stephanie

Crunches (where you don't do a full situp) are a better option b/c it is less stress on the spine. I always recommend working your core in ways that it's actually used in real life, which is why planks are so good because you're bracing your core in the same way you would when you squat down to lift something up, etc. Rarely do you use that same curling up motion in real life that you'd use in a crunch or situp.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."
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4/3/19 6:35 P

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Coach Jen -

When I do situps, I don't sit up all the way. Does that help alleviate the unnecessary stress enough, or should I take them off my agenda?

Thanks!

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4/3/19 5:03 P

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I do sit-ups on a stability ball. I started that because of a hip flexor issue and found it's a really good way to do a sit-up. Planks are great but they take too long. Another great ab workout is to start in a push-up position with your feet on a stability ball and then pull your feet to you by bending your knees pulling them towards your chest. That will give you a strong core.

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3/12/19 12:00 A

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i try doing them, but they're hard for me to do

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3/7/19 1:25 P

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Honestly, I wouldn't recommend them. Situps put unecessary pressure on your spine and are not the most effective core exercise. If they are doing them in your class, try crunches instead. Otherwise, I'd skip both and do planks for core strength b/c that exercise works your core in the way that you actually use it in real life.

I can't do situps either, but I don't consider them to be a good measure of fitness :)

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3/7/19 12:12 P

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I have a hard time doing sit ups. I feel like I am the only one in my gym class that can not do a regular sit up :(
Any advice on how to work up to that. I have tried carrying a small weight in my hands and that does help a lot. But I am still not able to do it very well without a weight.



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