good lower ab work out
- 04-09-2010, 06:47 PM
- 04-09-2010, 07:07 PM
Leg lifts are pretty simple. If you want to intensify it you can hold a medicine ball with your legs too. I usually do them off the edge of our boxing ring, and as I pull my legs up I shoot my hips into the air.
- 04-09-2010, 08:24 PM
Abs are one muscle, its impossible to isolate lower abs. Diet will be what will have you're lower abs going.
04-10-2010, 12:11 AM
Any abs-specific exercise will involve rounding of the lower back and you bringing your sternum towards your pelvis. Exercises such as leg raises may be beneficial, but you're working the hip flexors primarily here.
When you're working abs your movements should be controlled and deliberate. When you crunch, squeeze the muscle rather than just being fast and choppy. After each set of abs try doing some stomach vacuums... Just try it and you'll see why I recommend it.
Abs are talked about way, way too much in my opinion. Everyone wants good abs but few realize how easy they are to develop; it just takes dedicated, smart, consistent work. The hard part is dieting to the point where they're visible enough to your liking.
Good luck brotha
04-10-2010, 12:14 AM
04-10-2010, 01:06 AM
04-10-2010, 08:11 PM
04-11-2010, 05:12 AM
Hang from a pullup bar (or use roman chair if you prefer but i find pullup bar better for this) and do leg raises, bent knee style, and focus on really raising/curling your knees to your chest (gently stretching your lower back) so as to activate the actual abs n not just hip flexors, squeeze/contract strongly at apex and then lower nice n slow getting a good stretch at bottom (keeping knees bent don't need to straighten out), repeat til failure. you can add resistance too as i see suggested above. this moves seems to give the whole abdominal wall a nice solidity n strength aside from stressing lower abs
04-13-2010, 02:40 AM
Leg raises work the iliopsoas muscle (hip flexors) which are designed to pull the knee upward.
Standing up, place your hand on your stomach and lift your leg out in front of you. You won't feel the abs doing much. The function of the abs is to bring the sternum toward the pelivs, not to raise the leg or knee. When you're doing various leg raises, you'll definitely notice your abs tense up. They're contracting as stabilizers to aid in the movement but are not working through a full range of motion.
If you're working abs you'll be dealing with crunching movements. You'll find plenty of people who swear by leg raises but I'd wager that had they never done leg raises that their midsections would be about the same.
If you want to add leg raises to your ab workouts, go for it, I just wouldn't make it one of my primary abdominal exercises since it's not necessarily an abs-specific exercise. Roman chairs, regular crunches and reverse crunches on an inline are all you need. You can add in some twisting motions to those exercises if you want. For obliques I do standing side twists with a light bar over behind my neck to hold onto. Also, try doing stomach vacuums after each set of abs for about 20 seconds.
04-13-2010, 10:14 PM
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