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    Decline Situps?

    Hi all, I've trying to add weighted decline situps to my routine, but I always end up using my quads too much, does anyone know of a way to focus more on the stomach? or am I just using to much weight?

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    try pressing your calve/ankles toward you on the padding when sitting up. first try without weight then use discretion

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    Don't do stomach exercises that involve your feet been locked in. Once your feet are locked in its your legs that are doing the work

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    Decline's are horrible. Your legs or your lower back is used. Select a new exercise
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    I use more of a crunchie style instead of pulling myself all the way up. It works OK.
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    Thanks for the help guys, good to know it wasn't just me. hah.

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    a lot of people I've talked to really like rope crunches...I don't ever really do abs, but if I did this would be something to try

    http://www.ast-ss.com/training/exerc...asp?bp=Ab&pn=9

    you also might want to look into floor wipers

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    The golds I go to has a decline that has you almost upside down and it hits the abs like mad. Yes you are using more than just abs but it works the core really well. I like em.
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    If you keep your legs straight you will be using your hip flexors as well as you abs. Keep your legs bent to avoid this.
    However if your legs are bent and you start using heavy weights then your hamstrings and calves will be used to try to prevent you sliding down the slope. So better not to use too steep an angle.
    I have used decline sit ups at about 30degrees, sitting up until my elbows touch my legs, with weight discs held high on my chest, but when I got to sets with with 50kg I started to feel the effects of my leg sessions so started to use a an abdominal machine instead. No more problems with legs.
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    declines hit my abs hard as hell, just grab a dumbell and flex your abs during the movement. try twisting on the wat up too
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    Most ab exercises involving an isometric contraction are going to use the hip flexors too - there's absolutely nothing wrong with that...

    Ab exercises that involve spinal flexion (crunches and variations) generally won't engage the hip flexors as much.
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    I've been thinking about trying floor wipers have I've never really tried anything for abs that I enjoyed. However, what happens when it becomes easy? You just do more reps? Seems like it would only be worthwhile for a while, since as far as I can tell, there's no way to add any more resistance.

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    Its always full of old ladies at my gym, but pilates is great. Those old ladies are tough too, wore me out in the beginning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KoolDrew View Post
    I've been thinking about trying floor wipers have I've never really tried anything for abs that I enjoyed. However, what happens when it becomes easy? You just do more reps? Seems like it would only be worthwhile for a while, since as far as I can tell, there's no way to add any more resistance.
    I do these at home, you just keep doing more reps, if you have done these you will definatly feel more of a burn then if you had done crunches, do like 5 sets of 15 and you'll feel it and can work your way up to doing sets of 50

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