What is it called and am I doing it correctly?

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    Jul 30, 2007 10:17 AM GMT
    Hi Guys,

    Yeah, another ab question...

    I've started a new machine ab exercise, but I don't know what it's called. You lie on a downward sloped bench, lock your feet into an L-shape with the back of your knee at the apex, and lift yourself. Sort of like a glorified sit-up. Does anyone know what the hell I'm talking about?

    Anyway, I always feel the workout more in my front upper thighs than my stomach. Is this normal? Am I doing it right?

    Any advice, as always, is very much appreciated...

    William
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    Jul 30, 2007 10:56 AM GMT
    yep - it's a decline bench ab crunch. And you're right..you'll probably feel it more in your hip flexors than in your abs since the flexors are "locked" in an isometric contraction. You might get more benefit to your rectus abdominus if you were to limit your range of motion to about two-thirds of the total: so rather than going to a full extension, go back to about a 30% angle and don't come up to a full sitting position but rather to where the start to "tell you" that they're about to relax. Just for the record, I don't do this exercise at all.
  • AberCModel

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    Jul 30, 2007 10:58 AM GMT
    i know what ur talking about i do the same thing but not sure what its called but mike pretty muvh seems to have it covered
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    Jul 31, 2007 1:01 AM GMT
    It's a decline crunch, as mentioned. In my opinion, it is a useful variation, but you should be mixing up your ab workouts with all the other variations available to you as well.

    Hanging knee lifts, russian leg lifts, stability balls crunches etc etc. The idea should be to keep your abdominals thinking about the workout. Whenever you limit a muscle group to one or two exercises only, the muscle becomes used to the routine and fails to continue being challenged.
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    Jul 31, 2007 9:06 AM GMT
    Thanks for your help and your advice guys! Very useful ;-)
  • GQjock

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    Aug 02, 2007 10:36 PM GMT
    You'll get more out of a decline sit up bench lying the other way and pulling up your legs to your chest