I get asked a lot similar questions, so over the next month both on my Instagram (@fitchicnic) and on here, I’ll be going through the alphabet talking about some of the most common health and fitness related questions and topics.
V is for V sits
I talked about Abs right back at the letter A, but here I want to talk more about how to do core exercises correctly.
V sits / V Tucks, among others like crunches, are hard because people tend to compensate and use their back rather than their actual core muscles.
When you lie on your back and relax, your pelvis is probably slightly tilted downwards, which makes your back slightly arch and have a gap underneath it.
Before doing any kind of core exercise (especially sit ups!) “engage” the abs by tipping the pelvis up and so you can feel a slight tension in the core. Then really think about the muscles working as you execute the exercise (rather than trying to get through it as quick as possible!)
So when it comes to V sits from the floor don’t just chuck yourself upwards – have the arms by your side and ensure the core is working more than the back. Bend the knees if needed, and only go as far as you feel comfortable.
Sometimes less is more!