In our quest for flat stomachs, sit-ups are our go-to workouts; however, fitness coach Chappy Callanta begs to disagree. “Your abdominals are made to support your spine,” he explains, hence adding too much flexion can injure your spine in the process.
Several studies have also shed light on the not-so-good effects of doing sit-ups to strengthen your core. A Harvard research study notes that sit-ups can cause lower back discomfort as hip flexors have a tendency of tugging the lower spine.
Check out Coach Chappy’s alternative to sit-up: Anti-extension exercises using a suspension trainer and an ab roller...
And rotation and anti-rotation exercises, both totally doable at home (just have an exercise mat handy!).
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Banner photograph screencapped from Coach Chappy's workout video.