Hey, it is Rick Kaselj of ExercisesForInjuries.com.
Today I have two tweaks on some classic abs exercises from Coach Wilson.
If you have Fix My Shoulder Pain, you know that I am a huge fan of vertical hanging for shoulder health but Coach Chris shows you how to hit the abs while doing it.
Okay, take it away Chris.
~ Rick Kaselj
Hello there, welcome back. Coach Chris, Team Critical Bench, I am here at the gym with Ashley.
She’s going to show us some alternatives to doing your typical Hanging Leg Raise which is one of my favorite exercises that you can do for your Abs.
You can do the exercise hanging from a bar, with straps wrapped under your elbows, or in a Roman Chair machine.
I would recommend hanging from the bars as I am a huge advocate of holding your body weight and you are getting an arm workout and a back workout without even thinking about it.
#1 Single Leg Raise from the Hanging Position
Ashley is going to go ahead and perform the Single Leg Raise from the hanging position and then I will continue to go over some other things that you can do.
She’s got a nice strong position. She got her rhomboids tight so she’s squeezing her shoulder blades together to hold her up with a really good form as she raises one leg straight to about hip height.
You can see her body is hanging perfectly still, controlling the up and downward movements.
The tempo is the key here. She could go fast with the movement but her body would start to sway all over the place. That’s not what we want.
We want to work the abs intensely. She’s hanging perfectly still, slowly raising her leg. Remember that down leg just hangs perfectly still as you can tell.
Now, if that is too hard or too difficult if you are a beginner, you can give the next exercise a go.
We are going to go ahead and do a Knee Tuck.
#2 – Knee Tuck
Again hanging, pulling both knees up and focusing on coming down slow.
Instead of having that straight leg coming way out in front, which can be too tough for some people just raising the knees together being a little more compact, can still give your abs an awesome workout but they will still be strenuous for you.
Give that one a try. If you are doing other things for your abs and not seeing results, it’s probably because you are not doing some of the right movements. Incorporate some of these in your workouts, trust me you will see the difference.
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