Got a minute? No? How about 10 seconds?
Wanna get stronger abs and a quality workout in mere seconds? I have just the solution for you.
The non-hanging hanging leg raise.
Yes, there is such a thing. So saith me. Here’s why…
One big problem with following a program is the unexpected. You know what I mean – stuff that lurks around every corner, looking for stuff to throw in your path while you pass by so it can point and laugh as you hit dead-ends. Traveling, flat tires on the way to the gym/your favorite park, and inclement weather; the list goes on. There will always be something that will try to derail your progress. Sucks, I know.
One sign of a good program for a busy professional is that it contains movements that can be replicated in a variety of situations to continue to help moving you forward.
Enter the non-hanging hanging leg raise.
It’s a way to supercharge the standard floor-bound leg raise by adding both range of motion AND manual resistance to get you a solid-ass ab workout without any more equipment than the ground beneath you, for when you’re stuck without even so much as a bar to hang from.
You do it like this:
1) Get on the floor and push your low back into it (to protect your back and activate your abs)
2) Raise your legs to your belt line
3) Place your hands on your shins or feet and keep pushing, using your hands to resist.
You determine how much resistance you want by pushing your hands as hard or as easy as you want. Simple.
This also doubles as a fantastic stretch for your low back and hamstrings. Not only will your abs feel stronger when you’re done, but you’ll be a lot more flexible. Win-win.
10 times better than the plank – 1000 times better than crunches!
Give it a shot and let me know what you think. Your abs – as well as your low back and hamstring flexibility – will thank you.