How to Stretch for Sit-ups
In this post, we are going to go over how to stretch before and after sit-ups. I’m going to try and format this post in a new way, and I’d like to get some feedback on which style is preferred by you, the readers. So let’s get started, and let me know what you think in the comments below.
Sit-ups are a calisthenic workout that target your abdominal area, there are four main muscles that are worked when doing your standard sit-ups, to learn more about each of the muscles, click on any of the pictures above to be linked to the corresponding Wikipedia page.
These are the muscles that we will be focusing our stretches at, we have four muscles to stretch, and this shouldn’t take longer than 3 or 4 minutes, so there is no reason to skip it.
How to Stretch the Rectus Abdominis
While the video is intended as a yoga stretch for the spine, it also stretches the Rectus Abdominis.
How to Stretch the External Obliques
This stretch is probably one of the easiest to do, and to learn, in fact, it’s so easy you can learn it from a 12 second video.
How to Stretch the Tensor Fasciae Latae
Stretching the Tensor Fasciae Latae (or TFL), is also very easy. To recap what you see in the video, you simply cross one leg over the other, and
then bend down, twisting slightly to the side that has the leg behind your other leg, do this to both legs.
How to Stretch the Rectus Femoris
When stretching the rectus femoris, it’s best to use a pillow if you are exercising on concrete or a hard floor, but if you have carpeting or are outside in the
grass, you’ll probably find that it isn’t necessary. If you are outdoors, you can use a tree to replace the wall, or just find a wall, be creative, if there is a will
there is a way.
That sums up the basic stretches for your sit-ups, once again, I’d really appreciate it if some of you let me know if you prefer this formatting versus the formatting I’ve used in other posts such as, how to stretch for push-ups, and how to stretch for pull-ups. Thanks for reading, hope you enjoyed. Once again, if you have any suggestions or questions, just let me know and I’d be glad to fulfill your request.