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Sit Up Question

#1
Trying to get myself into shape to re-enlist and I noticed from the Army Fit website and the videos that they do sit ups in a completely different way than what I remember where I used to hold my hands to my ears and then crunch!

So, whats the way to do it? The way in the Army Fitness or the "Old School" approach? What do they expect at recruit selection?

Thanks in advance
 

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#2
Elbows in tight, arms crossed across the chest. Go ;)
 
#6
I take it you're not allowed to lock your feet into anything so your feet don't come off the floor when sitting up?

Just seen the clip too, and I've *always* been taught that locking your feet under something (sofa/bed/climbing bar/whatever) was the right way.

Doing it 'my' way I can do sit ups til the cows come home, not sure about the 'other' way though :shakefist:
 
#8
Cheers STAB.

Yeah I've been locking feet under the bed too/getting my flatmate to hold my feet down or whatever

Good to hear that at ADSC I can still have someone doing that.

Thanks again
 
#9
crescent said:
Cheers STAB.

Yeah I've been locking feet under the bed too/getting my flatmate to hold my feet down or whatever

Good to hear that at ADSC I can still have someone doing that.

Thanks again
No troubles bubbles!

Are you going back in to regs or TA? I'm looking at getting back into TA inf now the age limits have gone up.
 
#10
Going Regs, first time not 'back into' though :thumright:

Following the family tradition with RAC down as first choice *fingers crossed* ;)
 
#11
so then you will be just plain stab?, not very good is it :D

Your right though, the 'new' method does seem harder and is a right killer on the stomach.
Although I think it to avoid people 'rolling' their back which can cause injury. But, then again, im probably talking out of my arrse
 
#12
crescent said:
Going Regs, first time not 'back into' though :thumright:

Following the family tradition with RAC down as first choice *fingers crossed* ;)
Sorry, thought you'd started the thread, it's Delinquent who's going back in.

Good luck in RAC!
 
#13
EX_STAB said:
Sorry, thought you'd started the thread, it's Delinquent who's going back in.

Good luck in RAC!
hehe :)

And cheers! :thumright:
 
#14
suits_U said:
so then you will be just plain stab?, not very good is it :D

Your right though, the 'new' method does seem harder and is a right killer on the stomach.
Although I think it to avoid people 'rolling' their back which can cause injury. But, then again, im probably talking out of my arrse
Well I've got to get on top of the fitness first but I think I can do it. It's harder at 37 when you've not done that type of training for years.

It had occurred to me that I'd have to change my username but I don't think I'll bother. I suppose I could be Re-STAB?
 
#15
Could be... :)

And good luck with getting back on top with the fitness :thumright:
 
#16
Locking your feet under an object is the easy way in my opinion, situps are too easy that way don't you think? When locking your feet underneath an object it uses your leg muscles more than your abdominal muscles. The proper way is feet flat on the floor, arms acroos chest, rock and roll.
 
#17
5.56mm said:
Locking your feet under an object is the easy way in my opinion, situps are too easy that way don't you think? When locking your feet underneath an object it uses your leg muscles more than your abdominal muscles. The proper way is feet flat on the floor, arms acroos chest, rock and roll.
I wouldn't say it's easier. Have a look at the MATTS test requirements I posted earlier in the thread.
The old Elbow to Knee method with feet flat on the floor is a lot easier in my view. I've really pulled my stomach muscles doing the "new" technique. It doesn't allow for any "bounce".
 
#18
what you want to try and do is do 'incline' situps, basically do situps at a 45 degree angle, mix them up with slow and fast situps to work different muscle groups.
 
#19
EX-Stab - I know the feeling, I'm trying to rejoin at 32 - We should have an old boys network

Though you are still older than me but probably wiser :)
 
#20
delinquent said:
EX-Stab - I know the feeling, I'm trying to rejoin at 32 - We should have an old boys network

Though you are still older than me but probably wiser :)
Not sure about that - we're probably both tapped for even thinking about it! ;)
 

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