How to work up to doing situps without anchor?

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    How to work up to doing situps without anchor?

    I am unable to do situps without some weight holding my legs down. I read that doing anchored situps like that could overwork my hip flexors and that is bad for my spine, and that it doesn't give the full core work out. I followed the instructions on how to do situps without an anchor, but I end up losing the battle to gravity and just lift my legs in the air instead, even if I try to not activate my hip flexors too much. How can I work to doing an unanchored situp? Even though I don't think I'm top-heavy (possibly the opposite actually), is it just physics not being in my favor?

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      #3
      I do 25 unanchored sit-ups everyday plus hold two 5lb dumbbell to my chest, I do leg-overs as well. I keep my legs straight out on the floor. I think if you just keep trying without jerking you'll get there.

      I use to do anchored sit-ups with with a 35lb dumbbell behind my neck, maybe do some anchored sit-ups with a weight.

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        #4
        I either just try to brace my hip flexor and keep them out of the equation or use different options like leg raises/hanging leg raises and ab rollers (beastly little buggers). Beyond that I can offer no help, if my feet aren't supposed to be off the ground they have to be held there. Plenty of off the ground options though.

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          #5
          What helped me was to work on my core/abs by doing exercises that I could do "properly" then slowly add more/different ones to my routine. I wasn't concentrating on any one specific exercise, but rather working to improve my core strength overall, and the result was that as time went on I was able to do all the exercises that previously gave me fits. It took a while, but I've also learned not to rush things, all I ever get of trying to go too fast is pain.
          I used two challenges as a guide - Abs and Core and 2-Minute Abs. But rather than do each exercise daily I randomly picked 4 exercises and did 4 to 5 sets throughout the day, 20 reps each exercise. So kind of like using the fit-tap app, but concentrating on core exercises and not doing only a single one each time. If one of the randomly chosen ones was difficult I'd either modify it so I could do it, or pick another. But eventually things got easier, and one by one I was able to correctly do them all.

          Anyway, that was just how I worked through something similar and it may not work for everyone. But I think the general idea applies - don't get hung up on one specific exercise, rather work on overall core strength and the rest will come as you improve.

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            #6
            Just to add to the responses, maybe start with crunches first until you really feel it at the abs. After a while gradually raise higher.

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