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    will decline crunch help build lower abs?

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    yes, you need to go a full range to target those lower abs. However, crunches alone will not merit you abs. Diet is number one. I'd also look into some core programs. I've been doing the ab ripper x by p90x and it's tough as hell.
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    No, it won't. Anything where you lock you feet into place is going to put 90% of the work on the hip flexors.

    Straight leg raises work great for your lower abs. Besides that I would look into more stabilization exercises since that is what your abdominals are actually for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jtp217 View Post
    No, it won't. Anything where you lock you feet into place is going to put 90% of the work on the hip flexors.

    Straight leg raises work great for your lower abs. Besides that I would look into more stabilization exercises since that is what your abdominals are actually for.
    I have no abs so Im not expert help me out.

    So if i do those with like a plate on my chest, it does nothing for my abs?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pleonastic View Post
    I have no abs so Im not expert help me out.

    So if i do those with like a plate on my chest, it does nothing for my abs?
    Very very little. If you are just doing a crunch they your just wasting your time anyway. Crunches do very very little as far as strengthening your abs. For the most part all they do is build endurance by making them more efficient and disposing of lactic acid.

    If you do decline sit ups then your abs will be activated a little more because they have to hold your upper body stable while your hip flexors pull you up.

    If you want a strong core then work exercises that make you stabilize yourself like planks, side planks, suitcase deadlifts, single arm DB snatches, kneeling reverse cable wood chops, etc.

    If you want visible abs then get your diet right.
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