One Hundred Morning Sit-ups
One hundred sit-ups this morning followed by one hundred sit-ups this evening. I also throw in other abdominal exercises while I am at the gym, but the sit-ups keep me company at home and are part of my daily routine.
Though I do other stomach exercises, sit-ups are my core abdominal workout. For me, doing sit-ups makes all my other abdominal exercises easier and not the other way around. I also like leg raises as a compliment my sit-ups.
The benefits of sit-ups and developing a strong core is they make all my other exercises easier to do: boxing, kick boxing, cycling, spinning, power walking, and running. Just having a strong core positively affects my life because it makes staying calm easier since it helps to keep my breathing level and under control.
I have a method to the madness of my workouts and that is controlled speed which leads to stamina and power. I take this methodology to my sit-ups also. I do them as fast as I can with controlled motion.
Of course it gets more taxing as I go through the whole sit-up exercise, but as I continue to build my strength and power it becomes less taxing as I continue through the sit-ups. Once I can do the sit-ups at the same speed all the way through, I can then add more repetitions.
If I am just learning the movement of an exercise I would start off slow though to make sure I built the correct mechanics. But after I learned the mechanics, I want to go fast to push my cardio. Correct and sustained movement plus speed builds power.
I change up my positions while doing sit-ups, whether on a bench or flat on the floor. I do like using the decline bench to put more pressure on my abs during the decline position.
Essential piece of equipment, the yoga mat underneath my behind and some shea butter on my behind! If I don’t use them both while doing sit-ups, I will end up scraping skin off my behind and that is not a nice feeling.
This is just a quick fifteen second of me getting my sit-ups burn in.