Debunking the Sit-Up

Over the past few years there has been a changing of the guard when it comes to the philosophy of core exercises and strengthening the abdominal muscles. One exercise in particular has been at the core of the debate: the sit-up. Late in 2015, many major media outlets including Time, The Wall Street Journal, and even the long standing fashion magazine Cosmopolitan, covered the story and have told the world that some top medical professionals and fitness professionals have denounced the sit-up.

Much of the recent coverage has come about from an editorial in Navy Times, an independent publication that covers the U.S. Navy, calling to banish the sit up from the physical-readiness test that sailors must complete twice per year. Due to the injury risk and lack of relevance to military work, the Canadian Armed Forces have also taken the sit-up out of its exercise testing. ...Read More