Hanging Leg Raises

  • gwuinsf

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    Jul 06, 2012 8:00 PM GMT
    Is there any difference between doing hanging leg raises in the stirrups on the pullup bar vs where you have your forearms resting on the pad at a 90 degree angle? The stirrups just seem much more of a hassle at the gym...
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    Jul 06, 2012 8:17 PM GMT
    On the pads, your back is also supported, so it isolates.

    On the stirrups, you're using more muscles to stabilize yourself.
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:32 AM GMT
    I can't use the leg raise station. Technically, it's supposed to be better because it supports your back and you can really focus your efforts on your abs. But for me, it feels awkward and I feel that it limits my range of motion. So I prefer to hang from a pull-up bar.
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:33 AM GMT
    Sean Cody has a nice scene where one of the models uses the Leg Raise machine.
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    msuNtx saidSean Cody has a nice scene where one of the models uses the Leg Raise machine.


    icon_wink.gif Well.. I know what I'm going to be looking for tonight....

    I like the bar the pads are annoying a bit awkward for me.
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    Jul 07, 2012 1:39 AM GMT
    Here is the link.

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    Jul 07, 2012 6:44 AM GMT
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    Jul 16, 2012 6:20 AM GMT
    I prefer the bar but it is a little harder as it takes a lot more effort to make sure you don't swing.
  • Kwokpot

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    Jul 16, 2012 2:40 PM GMT
    I prefer the leg raise stand, but when there's a bosu ball attached to the back rest it makes it SOOOO much more challenging!

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    Jul 16, 2012 2:45 PM GMT
    chrixx saidI prefer the bar but it is a little harder as it takes a lot more effort to make sure you don't swing.


    Yes, and proper form gives payback!
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    Jul 16, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    All I know is that "Hanging Leg Raises" are one of the very best ab exercises there is --- especially for the lower abs. If you're not doing these in your ab workout, try doing them for one workout and you will see what I mean. Your abs will feel it the next day -- the GOOD kind of pain

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    Jul 16, 2012 2:57 PM GMT
    I've been meaning to give these a shot too... just feel like I'm gonna be one of those dudes who makes a fool of himself trying to set everything up and make sure I've got proper form. Ha. Seems pretty straight-forward, though. Tris rest in the stirrups, hands grip the top part, then lift like you would in a king's chair? Am I missing any other keys to form while doing this?
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:06 PM GMT
    rbdude79 saidI've been meaning to give these a shot too... just feel like I'm gonna be one of those dudes who makes a fool of himself trying to set everything up and make sure I've got proper form. Ha. Seems pretty straight-forward, though. Tris rest in the stirrups, hands grip the top part, then lift like you would in a king's chair? Am I missing any other keys to form while doing this?


    Don't be afraid to just walk up to one of the trainers who looks like they may be free between clients and just ask them if they could show you the proper way to do leg raises. I recommend using the stirrups like the ones in the video I posted, so hopefully your gym has them. Form is really key, so a trainer taking a minute or two to get you started would be helpful.
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    Jul 16, 2012 3:15 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ saidAll I know is that "Hanging Leg Raises" are one of the very best ab exercises there is --- especially for the lower abs. If you're not doing these in your ab workout, try doing them for one workout and you will see what I mean. Your abs will feel it the next day -- the GOOD kind of pain [...]


    I've been doing them regularly for over a year and have undeniable results. The main pain I felt for months was in my wrists (from hanging vertically while holding). Wrist straps were somewhat helpful. So in addition to getting more of a "V" my wrists are stronger too.
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    Jul 16, 2012 10:55 PM GMT
    I try to keep my back from hitting the backrest, def feel like I'm getting a better workout that way.

    And yeah, no doubt the best ab exercise there is.