|Hanging leg raises
are an excellent abdominal exercise for the lower abdominal muscles.
Hanging leg raises are also excellent for the intercostals and obliques
(located at the sides of the waist and ribcage) when the legs are raised
with a slight twisting motion.
To perform hanging
leg raises grab a hold of a high chin-up bar (preferably with wrist straps).
With the arms and legs extended simply lift the knees up toward the chest
contracting the abdominal muscles and return to an extended leg position
thereby stretching the abdominal muscles.
Hanging leg raises
are almost always performed incorrectly. Too often while performing
hanging leg raises people swing their legs up and down, use momentum instead
of the abdominal muscles and work their hands, forearms and hip flexors
more than the abdominal muscles. For this reason there are several
products on the market to make hanging leg raises easier such as the Gut
Blaster Sling and Ab Loops. The Gut Blaster Sling and Ab Loops allow
for a better abdominal workout because it takes the pressure off of holding
your own body weight in position. Allowing for total concentration
of the abdominal muscles themselves.
However, if you desire
visually appealing abdominal muscles it is necessary to follow a healthy
fat burning program to rid the stomach area of its present level of body
fat tissue. Abdominal exercises do not and cannot spot reduce the
fat from the stomach area. Abdominal exercises only strengthen, tighten
and tone the stomach area.
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