Strength coaches and personal trainers have had a love/hate relationship with sit-ups for a long time. In the early years of physical culture these exercises were staples of any fitness program. At one point, people began worrying that sit-ups could cause back problems, and so the exercise was replaced with crunches, then Swiss ball crunches. Then came the generation of personal trainers and strength coaches who tried to bring back variations of sit-ups as part of their “core training” workouts. What is the truth? Do sit-ups cause more harm than good?
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