||[Jul. 11th, 2006|08:27 am]
Yesterday I tried hanging crunches (hanging upside down from a bar; you might have seen Ethan Hawke do them in Gattaca). They were surprisingly easy, so next time I'm going to try them with a weight.
Less than two years back I was so out of shape I had trouble doing a single sit-up; it's been a rewarding progression through harder and harder ab exercises (sit-ups, crunches, weighted curls, decline crunches, weighted decline crunches, suspended bench sit-ups, hanging cruches, weighted hanging crunches) which have been a proxy for my overall progress. Of course, I've reconciled myself to the fact that no matter how strong I get, I'm always going to look like a stick. Poor genetics or something I guess.
I don't understand the physics of how it is possible to hang from a bar with your legs (from the knee below) on one side and the rest of your body on the other. I hope I can find out without cracking my skull :-)