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Hanging Knee Raise Video Guide

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Exercise Instructions

  1. The hanging knee raise hits your lower abs. You can hang from literally anything to do this exercise, but the most popular method using hanging from a pull up bar.
  2. Grip the bar with hands around shoulder width apart. Increase the width if you're tall and your feet touch the floor.
  3. Once you're hanging with your feet slightly off the floor, slowly pull your knees up keeping your legs together.
  4. Pause for a second, and slowly lower your knees back to the starting position.
  5. Repeat for desired reps.

Knee Raise Tips:

  1. You must do this exercise slowly. If you want to get the most benefit out of the hanging knee raise, slow it down.
  2. As you become more advanced, you can place a dumbbell between your feet.
  3. Avoid swinging your body, keeping your torso as still as possible. 
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Posted Fri, 09/07/2012 - 18:43

I had a baby 8 months ago and have found that my ligaments are still really loose. This exercise really hurts my elbows and shoulders. Is there a different exercise that I can do that will target the same muscles that won't require me to hang?

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Posted Fri, 10/12/2012 - 19:52

You could do this on dip bars, or there's also a machine that supports your back and forearms. Don't remember what it's known as, at the moment.

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Posted Wed, 08/07/2013 - 05:35

you can do this lying down also by lying on your back, knees bent and lifting knees to chest (reverse crunches) also if you press your hands down on the ground you activate your abs more hope this helps :)

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Posted Fri, 10/05/2012 - 23:52

Is there a different exercise that I can do that will target the same muscles that won't require me to hang?

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Posted Wed, 11/07/2012 - 10:03

You can target similar muscle groups from doing flutter kicks or bicycle crunches. basically any ab exercise that targets the obliques and lower abs.

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Posted Sun, 10/21/2012 - 12:59

yes switch over to insanity workout.

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Posted Wed, 11/07/2012 - 10:02

shannon .... u cn do same on dip station nn tht wont hurt....

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Fadrick Paiva
Posted Wed, 11/07/2012 - 19:51

I have the same question as Dona did.

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Posted Sat, 12/01/2012 - 05:42

This exercise is amazing. I strongly suggest to do it to see the result!

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Posted Wed, 12/05/2012 - 11:29

I have great abs. but has little fat covering.

some can help me

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Posted Sat, 05/11/2013 - 05:46

Cardio and diet. Get rid your bodyfat.

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Posted Tue, 01/15/2013 - 13:01

I am working out at home and do not have access to any machines. Can you recommend a good replacement exercise?

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Posted Fri, 02/08/2013 - 11:53

use with dumbbell very effective

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