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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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situps / back pain

just trying to get in shape again
can only do like 15 situps before lower back hurts like hell
so i have to wait and do sets of them PITA

should i be doing these with a pillow/ support under the lower back?
or should i just be focusing on getting my back into strength again so no support?
do back exercises with weights?

any suggestions on lower back exercises? this seems to be a real weak spot for me. I tend to injure my back easily , even a bad nights sleep a couple times a year.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-02-2009, 04:04 PM
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Do supermans at least 2x a week.

One minute: Hold for 10 secs..relax a second..and repeat. Do this until you can do the entire minute without any back pain that is not muscle related.

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Edit: As always, if something hurts, give it time to rest.

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Do crunches. There's a point during a situp where you're using your back to pull yourself up, and not your abs.
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 02:09 PM
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Both VERY good bits of advice. Try also alternating supermans. (on hands and knees- right arm left leg, left arm right leg)

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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-04-2009, 03:21 PM
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Stability and rotation core work are more beneficial than sit ups or crunches. Planks, side planks and Russian twists will give you a solid base, and shouldn't cause any lower back issues. The superman and birddogs already mentioned will help you work up to longer planks. Side and reverse crunches can be added for variety if you feel like you need more work.
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ok thanks for all the ideas
i'll give them a shot
doing situps again today sucked...

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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 12-08-2009, 07:37 AM
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As mentioned above, there are a lot of substitutes for sit ups.

Just remember a general rule of thumb that if an exercise hurts in a bad way, don't do it so you do not permanently hurt yourself.

You can also try crossing your hands across your chest.
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