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Lower Abs Exercises

I've been doing abs pretty extensive and but am not really seeing the results I'd like. I have decided that I need a few more ideas at getting the lower abs. Recently I added scissor kicks while laying down. I'd appreciate a few more ideas on how to really target this problem area.

Tue. Mar 18, 2:56pm

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someone posted this link a couple of weeks ago. Has some great ideas...


Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3:14 PM

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These are the two ultimates (Shawn Ray recommended!):

1. Cross crunch: lying down on a mat, stick one leg out straight and put the extended foot under something, a dumbell or whatever. Bend the other knee and cross that foot over to the other side by the extended knee. Now slowly sit up and twist to the opposite side so that you can see behind you. (arm position - hands by your ears, elbows out but don't touch your head) Do 12 and then switch sides

2. Hanging leg raises - bent kneed (or straight legs if you are able)

Good luck - These are tough but comprehensive I have strong abs from gymnastics, but these still get me all over.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 3:26 PM

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hangin leg raises and reverse crunches are a killer. I do 4 sets of 25 twice a week. I can't laugh for a week after that.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 4:52 PM

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I like reverse crunches as well. Lay on your back, lift your legs and feet in the air, bending at the knees, crossing your ankles.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008, 5:05 PM

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check out a pilates dvd from netflix or your local library. I've seen great results, especially for my lower abs.

All the pilates classes I've taken (and all the dvds I've tried) have pounded into my head that you need to make sure to keep the lower abs pulled in when you're doing the exercises. If you let them bulge out, they will get trained to be strongest when bulging, and then they'll bulge always.

Lie on your back, arms by your side. Bend your knees to your chest, and then straighten them to the ceiling. Keeping your legs straight, slowly lower them towards the floor. Watch (and/or put your hands on) your low abs - as soon as they start to bulge out, stop lowering. Come slowly back up to the top and repeat. Eventually you'll work up to being able to lower your straight legs to the floor without bulging out your low abs.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 10:14 AM

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