If you can do situps easily and perform high repetitions, then congratulations on this impressive feat of strength and endurance. Now you may be wondering how to make situps more difficult while training at home, and the answer to this is doing situps on an incline. All you need access to is an incline board, which you can add to your home gym setup. Your abdominal and hip flexor muscles may hate you while doing incline situps, but they will surely thank you later. By continually challenging your core muscles, you will continue to increase their strength and endurance. And the best part is you don't need any fancy equipment and can train in the comfort of your house.
Things You'll Need
- Incline board
Place a board on an incline around 30 to 45 degrees. You can place it on an elevated platform or a chair.
Lie face-up on the incline board with your knees bent and with your feet pressed down on the board. If you have trouble keeping your feet in this position, have a person spot you by helping keep your feet from sliding back down the board. This is necessary for doing this exercise correctly and in a safe manner.
Cross your arms in front of your chest, keep them by your sides or put your hands up by the sides of your head. Do not put your hands behind your head or bend your head excessively forward, as both of these positions will excessively strain your cervical neck vertebrae and your neck extensor muscles.
Bend your hips and engage your abdominals to lift your back off the bench until your chest is close to your thighs. Exhale while you do this.
Extend your hips and stretch your abdominals until your back is in contact with the bench. Inhale while you do this. Repeat this exercise for three sets of 15 to 25 repetitions.