Sit-ups Build Legs

Sit-ups build legs, not abs    

Seriously you may challenge me on this but I want you to think about it. How many times did you do sit-up or decline sit-ups and have to stop do to your abs burning so bad? Honestly, I can admit very few really do experience an extreme ab burn during decline sit-ups, in fact most probably notice that their hip flexors start burning more than anything.

 

What you didn’t know about the Hip Flexors

First off your hip flexors are NOT just one muscle they are a group of muscles that are responsible for flexing the femur (thigh) towards the torso, think of bringing your knees towards you.Hips Flexors and and sit ups - Fitness Revolution Rowlett

If you were to look at the image to the left these are ALL the muscles of the hip flexors… if you notice that the abdominal wall is NOT one of them.

These are the PRIME movers in decline sit-ups and most other sit up variations.

So doing countless reps and decline angles only further continues to improve the functionality and muscular development of the hip flexors, not develop the abdominal wall.

In addition to this I have seen this further tighten the hip flexors more than what most need. Guys I hate to say this but your hip flexors are probably tight enough as it is and they don’t need any reaosn to get tighter, if they do they will just hate you for it.

What ends up happening it that as they tighten up even further they begin to pull your hips down towards your knees and if you think you have hip problems now just wait till those things get tighter.

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In Health and Awesomeness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT, CES, RBT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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My favorite exercise for a sexy back side ;)

New video today! This is another exercise that all my clients know that I ‘m notorious with… RDL’s (Romanian Dead Lifts)

 

This exercise should be a pillar in anyone lower body training; this works what’s called the posterior chain (hamstrings, glutes, lower to mid back). Proper development of these muscles ensures that your body is well balanced front to back and helps reduce injury. That may sound weak but how many people do you know with quad injuries? Most occur in the lower back… so let’s fix that problem and make it look good while doing it!

 

***I kept the video very basic because I could go in a lot of detail of proper mechanics and techniques depending on your body type and movement pattern***

 

Take a look and tell me what you think!

(side note: Every week I’m working on providing you better and better videos so any suggestions that you think would help make these better for you let me know at info@fitnessrevolutionrowlett.com )

 

In Health and Fitness,

 

 

 

Travis Merritt, BS, CPT is the owner of Fitness Revolution in Rowlett, TX.

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