So I went back to Gleason’s Gym yesterday and had a fabulous if slow, training session with Lennox Blackmore.  I managed to get through it all without needing to call for an ambulance and acquitted myself reasonably well, except for the sit-ups.

Talk about embarrassing…

Back in the day (all of three years ago), sit-ups became my favorite province.  I’d do my 100 with Lennox, and then start crunches, reverse bench sit-ups, or sitting on the sit-up bench doing 15-minute sit-up sets. Not that I ever developed a six-pack or any thing resembling even the slightest ripple, I did know that somewhere under my ample padding I was solid as a rock!  Plus, I knew that the core strength was there and even if I didn’t see the actual evidence of my work in the form of the aforementioned six-pack, my improved back strength, tighter stance, crisper jabs, hooks and upper-cuts proved it.

Well I’m here to tell the cautionary tale of use it or lose it!

I mean doing those sit-ups yesterday was painful, pitiful and beyond awful. Suffice to say it’s one of the parts to a work-out that can come back quickly, and doesn’t need any sort of fancy gym apparatus to do.

So … this morning, I hauled myself up nice and early, pulled out the pad and started doing crunches.  I took it nice and slow and while watching my favorite British police procedural on Netflix, did about 15 minutes worth.   I still ache – but, something did click, ‘cause while I may not be able to find the time I need to get to the gym, I can carve the time to do some sit-ups.  Well, at any rate, I’m going to try – so that next time I see Lennox I can at least get through the third set without stopping in the middle!

4 thoughts on “Sit-ups

  1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey

    I’m so glad to hear that I’m not the only one without ab definition despite doing tons of crunches. But I do feel stronger in my core, and my back, which has had its share of problems, seems happy. I’m off to Youtube to watch the sit-up video. It wouldn’t play here.

    1. girlboxing Post author

      Sorry about the video. I’ve only just realized that “Expert Video” won’t let other sites “embed.” Re: the crunches — I know what you mean, I’d LOVE some “packs”! I’d settle for one — but I think that is just not meant to be on this 50-something body 😉

      1. Margaret Reyes Dempsey

        I know what you mean. I’m 45.

        Thanks for the inspiration tonight. After reading this, I got my butt out the door, went for a walk, and then came back and did a few hundred crunches. I feel better for it.

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