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Disclaimer: This answer is based on my experience with the exercises. Verify that it works for you (and adapt as necessary). I haven't done the cable crunches before; as a result, I'm not certain how effective it is. But based on the videos, the range of motion indicate (to me) that the effects will be felt most on the arms and not the abs (I'd like ...


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First, congratulations for taking the time to exercise. It's an achievement by itself (considering many people want to, but don't end up doing it). Second, If you really want to follow the StrongLifts 5X5 program, no, you cannot use dumbbells. You need to use a barbell and weights. Why? For one, you cannot squat with dumbbells. The core of the program ...


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To activate your abdominals you need to make sure your torso is bending. As other people have said, with hanging leg lifts its likely that you are working your hip flexors. Also, from what you say, it sounds as if you have fairly strong abs anyway. So it may be time to move to more advanced moves. Have you tried crunches on a Swiss ball? Adding in the ...



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