Hanging leg raises

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    Apr 17, 2009 6:14 PM GMT
    i was just wondering do any of you do hanging leg raises for your lower abs...is there a benefit.....I have been doing them for a while and feel my lower abs are really strenghening.....opinions?
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    Apr 17, 2009 7:13 PM GMT
    <-- Works for me. icon_biggrin.gif

    I do them two ways. One, the regular way with legs straight. Two, I hold a dumbbell between my feet and perform a leg tucking motion.
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    Apr 17, 2009 9:24 PM GMT
    xrichx said<-- Works for me. icon_biggrin.gif

    I do them two ways. One, the regular way with legs straight. Two, I hold a dumbbell between my feet and perform a leg tucking motion.



    i'm stealing that idea from youicon_biggrin.gif
  • torontoguy222...

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    Apr 19, 2009 2:01 PM GMT
    I also do leg raises for the lower abs. But I have to admit, when I add a heavy weight between my feet for some reason the exercise doesn't seem to be doing much. Perhaps the heavy weight throws off my form or something. I would suggest using only your body weight, and making it harder by raising your legs STRAIGHT out to 90 degrees, as opposed to tucking them in. If that's still too easy, then add A BIT of weight. But don't be stupid and add 50lbs like I did, and then not complete the exercise in a proper, controlled manner.

    Sometimes I complete as many reps as possible with a light weight (maybe 20lbs), and then to totally kill the lower abs I finish off a few unweighted reps. It's deadly ;-)
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Apr 19, 2009 2:10 PM GMT
    You really not supost to use heavy weights for your abs anyway....They are more of an endourance muscle....Lots of reps....icon_biggrin.gif
  • alwaysonpoint

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    Apr 19, 2009 2:34 PM GMT
    I do them by hanging on the pull up/chin up bars..and they work wonders. I also lay on the flat bench and extend my legs with my butt hanging off just a little bit...they are just as intense that way! I strongly recommend leg raises for lower abs. I've never used weight...maybe I'll try it tomorrow!
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    Apr 19, 2009 2:41 PM GMT
    Be careful of over-stressing or damaging your lower back and also avoid leg-swinging motions that tend to let momentum take weight loads away from target muscles
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    Apr 19, 2009 5:51 PM GMT
    I like to start with something like hanging leg raises. It stretches out the abdominal muscles and gets the blood flowing in there.

    I prefer reverse crunches for the lower abs though. I do abs last and chances are I have done either my shoulders or my back and I just don't have the energy to hang for enough reps.
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    May 01, 2009 1:13 AM GMT
    On my abs and legs days, I do machine crunches, lateral rotations, wood choopers, and end up with these hanging crunches. I try to concentrate on left and right swiviles, cause it works the obliques as well.

    My favorite lower ab exercise is to use the chinning machine at the highest resistance, but instead of chinning, I hang and just exercise the hell out of my lower abs by crunching.

    Ouch.
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    May 01, 2009 1:17 AM GMT
    They're pike ups! Lol, ive had to do many a pike up.... definitely not a fun exercise, hehe