Have a random silly story.
Was chatting to a young friend of mine, and out of the blue he asks me to stand on his feet so he can do some sit-ups. I thought that sounded fair, if a little random, so I helped him out.
I quickly have to stop him, though. "Hold on, mate, you're doing it very wrong - that won't do anything for you at all."
"Huh? Why not?" He stops and looks at me.
"You're just throwing your body forward, and not controlling yourself as you come back down. You're not even exercising the right muscles. That's not even a sit-up. That's a... throw-up."
I give him a run-down on how they ask for sit-ups to be done in the defence force, and not to mention in several schools when they do fitness assessments (amusingly, they do it the same way) - something he's going to be coming up to soon, possibly.
He tries it my way, and I'm trying to encourage him. After only a few he stops and flops out on the ground. So, I'm trying not to laugh at him.
"It's getting sore, I can't do any more."
"It's not meant to be comfortable, man. It's always going to be a little uncomfortable at first, or else it's not doing anything!" I lose my battle against my mirth. "So, how many was that?"
By now I'm covering my face so he doesn't see my grin. He's in good shape, always on the move, but never does anything like this. He can run around all day, but this is literally the first time he's ever done sit-ups correctly. He can probably do much more, but he's just shocked and unused to it.
Weirdly enough, I've never been all that fit or strong, but when we did situps for one of those aforementioned fitness tests in junior high, the supervising teachers ended up stopping that section. Another boy and I were the only two to get up to around 230 each, supervised, but the teachers decided that it was time to move on. Looking back, that's a hell of an accomplishment at age 14, but it was probably all because I hated that other kid, and hate is a hell of a motivator. Pretty sure 200+ is beyond me at the moment.
Anyway, now he decides to switch to pushups. After I correct his form on that, he manages a whopping 3 before giving up entirely. I decided to revisit this issue another day.
But- good golly! What a workout! XD
5 years, 6 months ago
10 Mar 2013 04:41 CET