I am doing Ian King's Awesome Abs routine. This is the second time I am doing it as I had good success the first time. But I still have the same problem, I cannot do even one half-ass rep of Toes to Sky (the most basic level).
Last time I did the routine, I moved my hands under my lower back to provide leverage, thinking that once the muscles had a bit of stimulation I'd be able to spread my arms to 90 deg again. No dice.
If I do the exercise on a decline board (flat or inclined) using a hand-grip behind my head, I can perform them too. All other exercises were as expected, some good, some bad, improvements all around as I continued the plan.
Any advice? What's lacking? Any other exercises I can do to bring up this part? Or am I not doing something correctly? It's a pretty straightforward exercise to understand.
BTW, I am working on flexibility regularly, can do the Thin Tummy and do not have back pain or anything obvious to stop me from doing this. The best way to describe what happens me is if you put your hand on the ground palm-down and try and lift your ring finger as high as the other fingers can go. Everything seems fine but it just won't work. I can't feel what should be working, or can't entice it to do what it should.