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    Best lower ab & oblique exercises for progressive overload?

    Hi,

    I am currently working my abs twice a week and have been doing 3 sets of hanging leg raises and 3 sets of cable woodchoppers. As with all muscles, I have focused on progressive overload.

    For the hanging leg raises, I am doing slow movements where I bring my feet all the way to my hands and then slowly bring my legs down. However, I have now reached a point where I can do about 15 leg raises per set and I don't know how to make the exercise any harder. Adding weight is not an option as I must jump quite high to reach the bar. What lower ab exercise would you recommend where the progressive overload is possible even as you get to a higher level?

    For the cable woodchoppers, I feel that I have gotten to a point where my ability to progressively overload is limited by other factors than my obliques. I often lose the grip with my feet as I have trouble keeping my stance stable at higher weights, even though it is no problem for my obliques to move the weight. Could you recommend an oblique exercise which "isolates" the obliques where other muscles do not limit the ability to progressively overload?

    Thanks in advance!
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    One could argue about a distinction between upper and lower ab exercises, but you can try dragonflags. If they become easy you can easily hold a dumbbell between your feet. You could try finding a box to stand on to start the hanging leg raises though and then you could hold a dumbbell with them.

    If you purchase shoes with better traction you will be able to continue cable woodchoppers. If you have access to a decline bench you can do Russian twists. You could also do windshield wipers as you are already doing hanging leg raises where you get your feet pretty elevated.
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