Over the past few years there has been a growing controversy about the benefits of sit ups versus the amount of damage it could do to your body.
Sit ups help strengthen your core and if done well (with the right combination of other exercises) could be the reason why you finally get those abs you’ve been dreaming about.
But ONLY if done well and this girl’s horrific experience explains it all.
There are different types of sit ups and in January 2016, 23 year old Marcelle Mancuso was doing an inverse sit up when she hit her back and immediately got paralyzed.
Source: The Independent
Speaking to SWNS.com she said,
“The personal trainer could not hold me… I hit the back of my head on the floor, and immediately lost all body movements with the blow. My diagnosis was tetraplegia—no movement in my arms or legs. The doctors did not know if I would walk again or if I would stay on a bed forever.”
This is how an inverse sit up looks like.
Source: The Independent
The doctors revealed that she had broken a part of her neck and dislocated two other parts of her spine.
Luckily, she recovered movement in her fingers and toes within three days. By the end of the week, this Brazilian babe could stand and she started her relearning how to walk.
“I gave my best every day in physical therapy… I thought if my movements did not come back it would not be my fault, it would be destiny. I was willing to fight until the last minute. After four months I started to improve my leg strength and five months after the accident I stopped having fainting and dizziness while walking.”
In just six months, Marcelle was finally walking. Now she’s back at the gym working out harder than before and guess what? She is still doing the inverse sit ups.
Is this exercise worth the risk?
Not really, there are many exercises that will give you killer abs without having to do sit ups. Abs are proof that your core is strong and basic workouts like planks, lunges, squats and push ups are effective enough to give you the six pack you’re looking for.
If you decide to go on with sit ups then you have to be super careful about how you do them. You can ask your trainer to teach you how or learn it from YouTube.
One of the Zumi girls recommends using this video by Fitness Blender to try it out
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