Here’s an ab exercise that is mainly about negative resistance (the lowering phase,) but also works your abs on the lifting portion for a double whammy!

negative leg raise

Step 1: Lie on your back with your legs up, perpendicular to the ground. Hands should be at your sides, palms facing down.

negative leg raise

Step 2a: Slowly lower your legs towards the ground. This should take 3-5 seconds. Be sure to concentrate on flexing your abs the entire time.

negative leg raise

Step 2b: Once your legs are just a couple inches off the ground (there should be a lot of tension on your abs at this point,) quickly raise your legs back to the starting position.

Then repeat.

Negative Leg Raises video:

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