When you're doing situps, are you supposed to inhale when you're coming up or down?

When you're doing situps, are you supposed to inhale when you're coming up or down? Intuition tells me that you should inhale coming up, since that's when you're tensing, and you exhale on the release, but I've also read the opposite.

  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you inhale once and hold it through the movement, your training your core so you want to brace it, exhale and inhale before the start of each rep

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      you can do either
      exhale during the exertion and really pull your stomach in
      OR
      lightly inhale up, and as you do the rolldown exhale and vacuum your abs in, holding that vaccum in and engaging the abs as you inhale

      the point is to train your core to stay engaged while inhaling as exhaling equally

      this is a situp not a deadlift, you dont need to "brace" just to flex your outer abs
      why do nerds repeat SS bullshit everywhere?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        you're training your core. Brace and tense it you retard, fucking bloat lord

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      thanks man
      anything else I should be aware of when it comes to calisthenics in general? are situps / pushups (standard wide and diamond) / squats enough?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        should use leg raises instead of situps, easier on the back, and hanging leg raises strengthen your forearms

        ...also incorporate pullups, or at least horizontal rows

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          I incorporate some leg raises as well, and I'm too fat / weak for pullups right now. I'll definitely add them in once that changes.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            then do superman and air-swims ...at least as many as pushups.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              thanks buddy

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    *ALWAYS* exhale when the muscles contract.
    All there is to exercise. All those powerlifting idiots blacking out? Forgot to fucking breathe.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      why exhale on the contraction vs the release?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        so you dont pass out

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          But why will I pass out if I exhale on the release and inhale on the contraction?

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            run around the block
            breathe once you get to your destination rather than breathing along the way
            let me know how that works out

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              You seem confused. I'm not asking why you need to breathe; I'm asking why you need to inhale at one point and exhale at another, instead of vice versa.

            • 1 month ago
              Anonymous

              You seem confused. I'm not asking why you need to breathe; I'm asking why you need to inhale at one point and exhale at another, instead of vice versa.

              as an analogy, this is like you saying "inhale when you lift your left foot, and exhale when you lift your right foot" while offering no explanation as to why you shouldn't do the opposite and inhale when you life your right foot and exhale when you life your left foot.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    When you sit up= exhale. When you go down= inhale. Make sure you're actually using your core, and not using your back to cheat.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Why is it better to exhale sitting up than going down?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Try bracing your abs. That air wants to come out. When you brace your core sitting up, the air wants to come out, so breathe it out.

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    you don't fucking breathe at any time during the rep, you can gasp once you're done

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    situps hurt my tailbone

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Jeff said exhale to engage core. Also do face pulls. I do both of those things.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Is there a single reason to even do sit-ups when you can crunch?

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      hip flexors

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