I have no idea, however I do know that in my school's weight training section we have some ab machines that are, obviously weighted. So...maybe they just mean that you can use machines???
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I just heard this the other day...that doing a ton of situps just makes your abs more pain resistant instead of toning then up. So that's why it's better to do fifteen sit-ups instead of 200 sit-ups. There are some ab exercises you can do which involve holding your weights in your hands while lifting your abdominal section. as usual...check with a trained professional before starting any exercises so you don't harm yourself.
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If you want to do a situp with weights, you hold a regular freeweight in both hands in the middle of your stomach,holding it close, but without decreasing your movability. Also, once you get stronger you can lift the weight as you do the sittup, and bring it in then push it to both sides, then repeat. With weights though, make sure to do the sittups slowly, with lots of control. Also, make sure to not build up and use momentum to your advantage, all you'll do is hurt yourself. Lately, I have been mostly doing ab crunches with about 30 pounds of resistance. I do this by taking both handles on the resistance machine, putting them EQUALIZED about shoulder level with my shoulders facing downwards by my knees and doing about 15 crunches, and doing severeal sets of them.
This seems to work quite well, Although I think I might bust out some 30 lbs weights and go back to full sittups.
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