situps

#1
im really strugling to get myself up to the requred 50 in 2 min.(i have no problem with pushups)

i get to about 20 and it really starts to hurt,and it gets tough after that im so far i can manage about 35!

does anyone have any specific routines for building up sit ups

THANKS
 
#3
Agreed. Do lots of blocks of 10. Each time you're watching tele and an ad break comes on get off your arse and do some sit ups. Just keep doing them and you will eventually get better.

Good luck!
 
#4
Check that the position you are doing them in is correct, try varying it slightly to use slightly different muscle groups, I found out I was doing them with my bum too close too my feet and it was harder...shuffled along the mat a bit and 5hit that was easier! just try it, cant lose anything!?
 
#5
Oh yeah, have you got your feet wedged under the bed, sofa, cow's butt? It's harder with them being free.
 
#10
A tip I've found useful sharing out to anyone that struggles, is when your going for the 2 mins..don't try and burn through them as quickly as possible.
Start if with 9 or 10. Then rest for 5 seconds.. get your breath back. Then start again, but aim for 8 or 9. Then stop, then start going for 7 or 8 etc.
Makes for a much steadier pace than just going flat out for the first 30 seconds and doing yourself an injury if you rush.

Oh yeah, all that and just keep practicing situps beforehand.
 
#11
I'm the other way round i can do sit ups till im told to stop but push ups f**k i cant do them well i can do 20 - 25 in a row then need to shake arms off abit.
 
#12
I am with hypno, I can bang out 70 sit ups inside 2 mins but I generally find it pretty hard work getting to 50 press ups.

There really isn't much to say except "do more sit ups" I'm afraid. I found I made improvements in my abs strength by doing lots of crunches as well as sit ups so maybe once you are finished training sit ups you should do crunches till failure just for a bit extra...

If you can do 20 sit ups in a row then I would recommend you work on being able to do 3 sets of 10 with a 5 second gap between sets. After that go for 3 sets of 15, two sets of 20, three sets of 20, then finally one set of 50.

I find doing it this way makes faster gains than just trying to do more than last time, it might be a mental thing but it seems to work.

Best of luck with it, I know how frustrating it is due to my battle with press ups lol.

J.
 
#13
lol i find the pressups easy to be honest i can bang out about 40 in about 50 seconds take a break and i can do about 70 in two mins,wish i could do sit ups like that.,i find it helps when your trying to build stamina,to go down hold for 5,then go up.
 
#14
JayCam said:
I am with hypno, I can bang out 70 sit ups inside 2 mins but I generally find it pretty hard work getting to 50 press ups.

There really isn't much to say except "do more sit ups" I'm afraid. I found I made improvements in my abs strength by doing lots of crunches as well as sit ups so maybe once you are finished training sit ups you should do crunches till failure just for a bit extra...

If you can do 20 sit ups in a row then I would recommend you work on being able to do 3 sets of 10 with a 5 second gap between sets. After that go for 3 sets of 15, two sets of 20, three sets of 20, then finally one set of 50.

I find doing it this way makes faster gains than just trying to do more than last time, it might be a mental thing but it seems to work.

Best of luck with it, I know how frustrating it is due to my battle with press ups lol.

J.
i couldnt do that many sit ups,id do at max 4o and my boady couldnt take it anymore,then i resort to crunches,i have seen some increase but not much,but i have only been at it for two weeks so heres hopeing
 
#15
I'm the opposite, I can do 70+ situps without too much trouble but when it comes to press ups I can do about 23 & then I'm nakkered! :roll:

~D.C.
 
#16
I found alternating these two works quite well:

1) Normal sit up except arms outstretched and locked above your head, (so if you were standing they would be pointing up) hands together, and the put a small weight (start with 1 kg) in your hands. Do small situps.

2) Normal sit up, with arms crossing your chest but hold a weight (a few more kgs than above but as long as it's not pushing down to hard on your chest).

I'm sure the gym queens will have something negative to say about my methods, but I can safely say they work a bit quicker than normal sit ups with no apparent ill effects.
 
#17
ComebackYELLER said:
i couldnt do that many sit ups,id do at max 4o and my boady couldnt take it anymore,then i resort to crunches,i have seen some increase but not much,but i have only been at it for two weeks so heres hopeing
Hey,

Maybe I explained my suggestion badly. Let me try again. If your max sit ups is 40, then aim to be able to do the following. Make sure you can do each step before moving on to the next:

3 x 10 with 5 seconds in between
2 x 15 with 5 seconds in between
4 x 10 with 5 seconds in between
2 x 20 with 5 seconds in between
3 x 15 with 5 seconds in between
2 x 25 with 5 seconds in between

See if you think "I have to do 50 sit ups in two minutes" it sounds hard. But I bet its not so scary thinking about doing 3 sets of 10? So aim for that. Once you can do that, 2 x 15 will seem like a peice of p*ss. Then work on 4 x 10, which is hardly harder than 3 x 10 and so on and so forth...

I hope that makes sense I think doing this you should be able to get up to the required number in a couple of months without much trouble, give it a go.

J.
 
#20
JayCam ive been doing this to try and improve my press ups. Start at 10 rest for few seconds then do 9 repeat going down the numbers. Once you've finished you've just done 55 press ups. Done it at BMF the other night and didn't think how many i had just done, until later haha.
 

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