How Do I Work My Lower Abs Using Dumbbells & Resistance Bands?

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Dumbbells and resistance bands are a great way to work your lower abs. Learn how to work your lower abs using dumbbells and resistance bands with help from a strength and fitness trainer in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Willy McNeely from Strong Gym. And today I want to show you how to work your lower abs using dumb bells, or resistance bands. The first exercise I'll go ahead and show you, I'm going to use this special wheel apparatus. And I'll use it with a band. What I'll perform here is a reverse ab wheel. And this will perform primarily for the lower abdominals, but you will get complete flexion of your abdominals. I'll just grab this mini-band right here and wrap it around the wheel. And then you'll pull the band around a stationary object. Then I'm going to position myself in a push-up position, and I'll go forward until I get a little bit of resistance from the band. Then I'll get up in the push-up position, and I'm going to bring my feet toward my hands. This next exercise I'll go ahead and show you for the lower abs are hanging leg raises. I'll go ahead and perform it with a dumb bell. What I'm going to do is I'm going to put my upper arm inside the hanging leg raise apparatus, and then I'm going to hook my feet right underneath the dumb bell. I'll perform five reps. Now I'll show you how to perform this exercise using a resistance band. What I'll do is I'll hook a band at the very bottom of this squat rack, and I'll pull it over to get resistance. When you're performing handing leg raises, you want to actually get your knees to touch your elbows. Most people I see commonly doing this in gyms only get their hips to 90 degrees. That's primarily just working your hip flexors, and not engaging your abdominals the way it should be. I'll go ahead and hook up again, and I'll put the band right on my ankles, and I'm just going to pull up. Typically the reps scheme for these lower abdominal exercises, I usually with any resistance will perform, typically anywhere from three sets of 8 to 10 reps. Thanks for watching.


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