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    GHD ab exercises

    The purpose of the abdominal muscles is to decrease the distance between the ribcage and pelvis. Or spinal flexion.

    Most GHD "ab" exercises I see simply look like a forward hip hinge, so a hip flexor exercise. I get that the abs stabilize and have an isometric contraction, which is great...

    But why do people seem to worship this movement as an ab exercise? Most people doing them hip hinge till their torso is upright then get a "crunch" action at the top when gravity is assisting, not making the exercise harder. Perhaps they look cool and make trainers look "cutting edge?". Or are they functionally better since hip flexion is a huge part of sitting up?

    I have always thought cable crunches worked specifically the abdominals about the best, when done correctly. It takes hip hinge movement out of the exercise, which for ab development makes more sense.

    My take: Perhaps GHD ab exercises are better if you are training for functional strength, but there are better exercises for building the abs when focusing on bodybuilding.


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