Protect Your Neck! 3 Useful Tips

Hey Everybody!

Metra Lundy here; all month long we’ve been on a mission to torch the fat in and around our abs; how’d you do? If you were able to get your ab work in at least 3 to 4 times per week along side of your boot camp and/or other high intensity fitness training, hats off to you. You’re doing an Amazing job!

Triple hats off to you if got your workout in, did the 14 Day Flat Belly Detoxification with us (we’re also nearing the end with only 4 days remaining), and saw in improvement in your burpees from start until now. I know you can agree with me that it’s Super exciting to work hard and see physical changes in our bodies, right? We add commitment and hard work together and there is NOTHING that we can’t do!

That being said…

April is leaving us but the goal to craft magnificent abs DOES NOT. I encourage you to keep the great efforts going. In the spirit of that goal I received an email from Jenna G, a current client. She asked for tips on how to prevent neck strain while doing sit ups.

I thought you’d find my response to Jenna useful so, I’m sharing…

3 Useful Tips to Prevent Neck Strain While Doing Sit Ups

1. Build abdominal awareness: Don’t just do sit ups for the sake of doing sit ups. Make sure that the abs feel worked while doing the motion. If you feel neck strain, build awareness before doing sit ups. To build awareness try this: 1) Lay flat on your back with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor 2) Pull your belly button down into the floor with the goal of removing all space between your back and the floor 3) hold the position for 10 slow counts 4) Repeat this 5 times 5) Note the gentle burn felt in the abs.

2.Use props: Use a hand towel as a prop for abdominal sit ups: 1) Grab your hand towel 2) Place it behind your head and grab a handful of the edges on both the right and left sides; 3) Rest your head in the towel as you lift your shoulders and head off the floor. The goal here is to give your head a place to rest and send all the work to abdominal muscles. Only lift the body enough such that your lower back pushes down into the floor (don’t come all the way up).

3.Lift your tongue: If the neck works a little during your sit up, you can reduce the “strain” feeling in the back of the neck by evenly distributing the work in the front to the back of the neck with the back of the neck. 1) Get into sit up position with your knees bent and feet flat on the floor 2) Place your tongue to the roof of your mouth as you do the sit up (this will encourage the muscles of the front of the neck to work in collaboration with the muscles of the back of the neck).

If you’re still struggling, or just need a little more guidance….Of course, I’m here to help. Reach out to me, I’m always only an email away… or better yet, just come into Kinetics ( and I’ll show you exactly what to do.

All the best,
Metra Lundy

One Response

  1. James Bergman

    James Bergman April 4, 2016 at 1:56 pm | | Reply

    I like the idea of using a towel to protect my neck while doing sit ups. I have noticed that my neck is often sore after my workout, which probably means I need to work on my form, but the towel will help. Better to protect it now than to have surgery on it later. Thanks for the tip?

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