Like some of you, I both smile and cringe when I see sit-ups in tomorrow’s WOD. I suffer from an embarrassing condition that I will refer to as “sit-up rash”. I had never heard of this condition personally until I finally did some research of my own on different KnightsPTR websites. I also discovered that not everyone is susceptible to getting this rash; only those with a certain body structure. I am going to share what I have learned with you in hopes of helping others that deal with this irritating issue.
Anytime I do a great deal of sit-ups, I develop an area, of what is essentially carpet burn, around my tailbone. This can vary in its severity depending on quantity of sit-ups, what you wear, how far your tailbone protrudes, and the surface you do sit-ups on. It has been an issue that can really hurt, and leave a scar if you are not careful.
I have found a few things that can help however.
- I always try to slather on some kind of anti-friction lotion over my tailbone (you can often find this stuff in the runners supply stores).
- I try and only do sit-ups on surfaces that are soft and surfaces I can’t slide around on.
- I try to use a folded Yoga mat over my Ab mat so that I am sitting on the Yoga mat.
- I try and wear tight shorts that don’t scoot around.
These suggestions won’t keep you from developing a rash altogether, but it won’t be as bad, and it will take longer to develop one. I hope this helps!
If you have any other suggestions or tricks, please leave them in the comments section.