When I was 13 I started training abs (sit ups), first I did 60 one day, 2 series of 30 and started from there. From there my progresion multiplied, started doing 120, 250, 500 and so on but I did this once or twice a week. Also I was a little underweight. (male)

Is it normal for abs training to progress that much?

When 14, I did my personal record of 1000 in 2 hours (not sure about the time). Right now I am 15 and would like to know if this was excesive, other than the common issue of hurting my lower back. My abs usually didn't hurt, only my back which hit the floor with a thin yoga mat too many times.

Was it excesive? Should I do it again?

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    I don't think doing as many situps as you can will help you achieve any goal other than doing lots of situps. What are you trying to get out of this?
    – E.Aigle
    Commented Oct 4, 2021 at 8:43
  • I did it to get stronger abs and to exercise, to do something other than nothing.
    – Ogre
    Commented Oct 5, 2021 at 22:07
  • If your goal is to just "do something", then you're doing that. If you want to see continued progress of whatever fitness or strength markers you're watching, you're gonna want a more thought out plan that implements progressive overload. Tbh I'd recommend getting involved in a sport if you just want to be active as opposed to just doing situps.
    – E.Aigle
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 9:23

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It is important to clarify that the effectiveness of an exercise does not lie in the number of repetitions but in its precision.

If your abdominals did not hurt it is because they were not doing any (or very little) exercise.

Abdonimal exercise can be done daily but as with any muscle group it should always be done within a routine (time and repetitions, usually until failure) this means not "exercising" them at all hours of the day.

The amount of repetitions varies depending on the physical conditions of the individual but the exaggerated repetitions are often a sign of the lack of accuracy in the exercise.

The reasons why the low stretch may hurt may also be due to injuries that may not be directly related to exercise.

The recommendation is: Ask for help from a professional to review the technique of your exercises or look for videos or pages that explain step by step the methods of realization.


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    The muscles of the lower back are only capable of performing spinal extension, rotation, and lateral movements. It is physically impossible for them to "compensate" for the abdominals and perform spinal flexion or hip flexion instead. Commented Oct 15, 2021 at 22:55
  • Thanks for the clarification, I consider it to edit Commented Oct 16, 2021 at 7:23
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    I would argue that the blanket recommendation that exercises should usually be done to failure is a pretty bad one.
    – E.Aigle
    Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 12:16
  • If you are looking for muscle growth and resistance, failure is necessary ... If you only want to maintain weight (in the case of women) you can spend all day on the treadmill if you like. Commented Oct 18, 2021 at 16:26
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    @ElenaByrne I disagree completely. Training to failure is definitely not the only way (or arguably the most effective way) of increasing strength or size. The offhand remark that maintaining weight is the case of women is both wrong and pretty sexist IMO. Also, I'd argue that spending a long time on the treadmill isn't particularly great for maintaining a set weight, regardless of gender.
    – E.Aigle
    Commented Oct 20, 2021 at 9:24

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