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    I have recently started doing sit ups to prepare for my military fitness test, but I cant do anywhere near what is expected, this is due to my back hurting after only 2 or 3 sit ups.

    It gets so bad that after only about 10 I have to stop as my back hurts too much. I don't know why as I seem to be doing them correctly.
    My back also cracks when I do them, like a pop crack kind of noise.

    I really need to resolve this issue as I don't want to damage my back, but also really want to pass this fitness so need to be able to do situps. Thanks.
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    (Original post by AST8781)
    I have recently started doing sit ups to prepare for my military fitness test, but I cant do anywhere near what is expected, this is due to my back hurting after only 2 or 3 sit ups.

    It gets so bad that after only about 10 I have to stop as my back hurts too much. I don't know why as I seem to be doing them correctly.
    My back also cracks when I do them, like a pop crack kind of noise.

    I really need to resolve this issue as I don't want to damage my back, but also really want to pass this fitness so need to be able to do situps. Thanks.
    I trained my brother had the same issue but over time the back muscles espevially neck muscles will get stronger ... just keep doing it snd have plenty of good rest and recovery .. new things to your body always takes time ... maybe you could do alternative to strenthne core muscles aswells e.g machine abdominal excerise in gym, legs raises which will help core a lot anf make sots up easier .. core and back go well togeatherbecause if you think about you will need srong core to do back movements and need back for core movements ..trainong back in gym will definitely help too.. good luck for your test
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    (Original post by AST8781)
    I have recently started doing sit ups to prepare for my military fitness test, but I cant do anywhere near what is expected, this is due to my back hurting after only 2 or 3 sit ups.

    It gets so bad that after only about 10 I have to stop as my back hurts too much. I don't know why as I seem to be doing them correctly.
    My back also cracks when I do them, like a pop crack kind of noise.

    I really need to resolve this issue as I don't want to damage my back, but also really want to pass this fitness so need to be able to do situps. Thanks.
    i would suggest going to a chiropractor and also seeking medical assistance if not then make sure you warm up and cool down before and after doing it and do some yoga afterwards as well
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    Is it your lower back? Start with crunches over full sit ups to begin with. Also stretch properly. Lie on your front and push up with you arms slowly (with everything below yyou waist pushing into the floor) this is a good lower back stretch.
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    (Original post by Guru Jason)
    Is it your lower back? Start with crunches over full sit ups to begin with. Also stretch properly. Lie on your front and push up with you arms slowly (with everything below yyou waist pushing into the floor) this is a good lower back stretch.
    yeah its my lower back, i will have to try that, thanks.
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    Thanks everyone for the replies and advice, i will try what you all suggested, i feel the reason could be becuase i have tight and weak back muscles, so maybe i should try alternative back and ab workouts to strengthen my back first and then go onto sit ups when im a bit stronger only got a month before my test though
 
 
 
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