Don’t freak out like I’m forcing you to exercise. If you want to couch-azz for a few more months days before you finally decide to get moving, go do that then (hint hint: bad choice). So, depending on your fitness level, this post can easily be titled, “25 Sit-ups Without Bitching” or “100 Sit-ups Without Bitching”. Get it?
Up until a few weeks ago, I was doing 100 sit-ups. I figured that was a lot, so my brain made me stop whenever I reached 100. See how the mind works? But I knew I had more in me, so I amped it up and now go for 200 sit ups. I accomplish this in a way that avoids injury and does not let me give up before goal.
Bitch-Free Sit Ups Technique
- Depending on your goal, whether its 25, 100 or 200 sit ups, break it up into chunks. For the purpose of this lesson, let’s just say you’re going for 200.
- Break down your 200 into 8 sets of 25 reps each (8 x 25 = 200). Or do 4 sets of 50.
- After each set of 25 reps, take a 10-15 second break (or longer, if necessary) to regroup.
- To keep it fun and interesting, switch up each set with a different type of ab exercise. For example, if your last set was crunches, make the next set reverse crunches or obliques. Continue to rotate your ab moves until reach 200 total reps.
- After your last set, throw in a 30-90 second plankbuster for the grand finale celebration.
- Then crash onto floor with tired, heavy breathing and happiness that you did it.
About.com’s 10 Most Effective Ab Exercises will give you more ideas on which kind of ab exercises to include in your rotation. I congratulate you beforehand for NOT bitching during abdominals. Now go for it.