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    Anyone ever do dragon flags?

    Anyone burst blood vessels around your eyes doing them?!

    They're incredible, let me first say. I know my form wasn't perfect but the amount of stress on my abs was incredible. It was more than even doing hanging straight leg knees to elbows. It was so taxing that I could only do 6 before ending each set.

    I could feel the pressure in my face but I did not expect to burst blood vessels. That has never happened to me in the gym if I recall correctly.

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    Yea, I do them 2x a week along with body flags and hand stand work. They are indeed quite intense, I actually feel it most in my legs the next day. Ive never broken a vessel though. I know Brihead does them too.
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    What on Earth are dragon flags?

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    Use to do these along with vsitups for training. They are extremely good for core strength.
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    Quote Originally Posted by zbollman View Post
    What on Earth are dragon flags?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZenMonkey View Post
    Yea, I do them 2x a week along with body flags and hand stand work. They are indeed quite intense, I actually feel it most in my legs the next day. Ive never broken a vessel though. I know Brihead does them too.
    Wow, that's impressive. I had residual DOMs for over a week after doing them! I will definitely be incorporating them more.

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    I can do sets of hanging leg raises with ease, but I can't do one good dragon flag. I assume it's because leg raises are more of a hip flexor movement.

    Is there some exercise between the two to help develop this strength?
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    Those look really hard, but cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Decent View Post
    I can do sets of hanging leg raises with ease, but I can't do one good dragon flag. I assume it's because leg raises are more of a hip flexor movement.

    Is there some exercise between the two to help develop this strength?
    Something that might help is to take one of those big Swiss exercise balls and push it up against a flat wall or object where you are able to grasp something near the back of your head for stability. For example, I sometimes use one of my gym's support beams for this exercise.

    Anyways, once you have the ball against the support beam, sit on it facing away from the beam, with only your back in contact with the ball, so you aren't really sitting on it. Then, keep your legs straight and raise them up (like a leg raise). The position on the ball, with really your back only against it and you holding on to the support beams for stability, is similar to a dragon flag and should help strengthen your weaknesses.

    Edit: Oh, and you could just keep your legs bent when doing dragon flags to make it a bit easier.
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    I'd like to, but considering I have trouble keep my pelvis posteriorly tilted while doing hanging leg raises (anyone have any tips?), I won't until I have that under control.
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