We've seen a few new movements recently that add a great twist on the old standby - the situp. Both of them are much more challenging, require a bit of technique but can be done with the tools that are already in your gym. Someone ring the PR bell.
Here's two more movements to add to the pile. They are easy to teach and add that interest and challenge that your athletes are after. Both the Sit to Stand and the Atomic Situp have the same general movement. In the Sit to Stand, the athlete begins in the situp position with the goal of moving their body to standing without using their hands to lift them off the floor.
To add difficulty, program the Atomic Situp. The movement is the same as the sit-to-stand, but the athlete now uses a bumper plate which must be moved throughout the same range of motion. Adding an overhead squat at the end is a nice variation as well.
It's these types of movements that will challenge your athletes, keep your programming varied and interesting and uncover weaknesses.
And the best part about these exercises is that you can work them into your programming with the equipment you already own.