Alternative For Hanging Leg Raises?

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  • November 13, 2005 at 6:30 am #408

    Guys, just started training two weeks ago and it is going great so far and I am already feeling a better person.

    The routine I am following for abdominals includes Hanging Leg Raises and I am looking for an alternative exercise targeting the same focus points.

    The reason is that I am too weak to do it properly, I can barely do two and thought to rather try something else till I get a bit stronger and am able to do the leg raises with good form or even at all.

    I do legs and abs on the same day.

    My ab workout includes the following:

    – waited swiss ball crunches (currently doing it unwaited) – 4 sets 6-8 reps.
    – hanging leg raises (supposed to be doing) – 4 sets 6-8 reps.
    – dumbell side bends – 3 sets 6-8 reps


    November 15, 2005 at 12:00 am #1873

    You could do them just raising your knees to chest.

    November 15, 2005 at 11:42 am #1874

    Thanks night trainer,

    I did just that tonight (as it was abs night).
    Did it seated at the end of a bench, leaned back a bit and got them lazies going. It felt good!

    Thanks again. πŸ˜€

    November 15, 2005 at 10:28 pm #1875

    Good to hear!
    Keep it up and you will progress to hanging leg raises in no time.

    January 4, 2006 at 10:51 am #1876

    I just thought to update my progress on this. It is so good to be able to get advice from here when needed!

    I am now able to complete my full sets of hanging leg raises πŸ˜†

    January 4, 2006 at 11:04 am #1877

    And when you get REAL good you can put a dumbell between your feet. πŸ˜€

    For abs I don’t think you can beat straight up crunches and lot’s and lot’s of them, until you harden the area up a little. You can then add other exercises into your ab program because one they are easier for you to do and also easier to keep good form (which is hard to achieve on weak abs) and two because by then you’ll be begging for some change.

    January 4, 2006 at 10:44 pm #1878

    One of my favorite is lying pikes.

    Lie on a bench with your legs of the end and holding the bench beside your ears. Raise legs and drive toes to the ceilling. You should end with just your shoulders on the bench. Then slowly roll the spine down back to the starting position. Start with low reps.

    January 6, 2006 at 1:24 am #1879

    @Kinmassive wrote:

    And when you get REAL good you can put a dumbell between your feet.

    Damn…just when I thought I was getting good πŸ˜†
    No, I think shortly I will have to give that a try, thanks for that.

    @Dr J wrote:

    One of my favorite is lying pikes….

    O my goodness J, that sounds like something Super Man does πŸ˜† , but I will give it a shot. I’ve seen pics in an article I read somewhere so have a good idea what you are talking about. I will give them a go too. thanks.

    January 6, 2006 at 11:13 am #1880

    Those pikes would be a good progression exercise to dragon flags.

    January 7, 2006 at 2:11 am #1881

    @Dr J wrote:

    One of my favorite is lying pikes.

    Yep, me too.
    Another great thing about lying pikes is that they also work the underlying transverse abdominus…helps to keep you gut nice and tight and stops it from “hanging out”.

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