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    Wannabebig Member narbi's Avatar
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    Question about decline crunches and hanging leg lifts

    for my ab workout im concentrating on these 2 workouts

    weight decline crunch and hanging leg lifts...

    I was just checking exrx...and they have decline crunch as hip flexors...and not Rectus Abdominis, am i doing the wrong excercise to target my abs?

    also for hanging leg lefts I do them by moving my fully extended legs to make it perpendicular to my body, is that working out the lower abs or should I be doing knee lifts instead?

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    I do weighted decline crunches as well as the hanging leg raises and have made good progress. I max out most ab machines and am up to using a 60lb DB on my decline crunches. If you concentrate on "rolling" your body up you will place more emphasis on the abs rather than the hip flexors.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido
    I do weighted decline crunches as well as the hanging leg raises and have made good progress. I max out most ab machines and am up to using a 60lb DB on my decline crunches. If you concentrate on "rolling" your body up you will place more emphasis on the abs rather than the hip flexors.
    hm would hanging knee raises that get pretty close to my chest be a good way to work out my lower abs for sure?

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    Hip flexors and abs are synergist muscles. Most traditional ab exercises are going to hit both - it's not something that you should worry about.

    IMHO, your ab work should consist of the following exercises and/or variations of them:
    *weighted sit-ups
    *weighted crunches
    *side bends
    *russian twists
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sensei
    Hip flexors and abs are synergist muscles. Most traditional ab exercises are going to hit both - it's not something that you should worry about.

    IMHO, your ab work should consist of the following exercises and/or variations of them:
    *weighted sit-ups
    *weighted crunches
    *side bends
    *russian twists
    what do you prefer for doing russian twist? a swiss ball or just a plain mat?...so you dont think i should be doing hanging lifts?

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    Hanging leg lifts are fine, dude. For Russian Twists, I usually do them on the decline bench just like my weighted crunches and situps.
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