Weight and Resistance Training - Captain's Chair Question

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03-05-2008, 01:31 PM
I understand this is the most effective exercise for lower abs ( the hanging vertical lift).
We have the equipment but when I try to use it it puts too much pressure on my left shoulder ( which is weak) and where tension creates pain.
Luckily when my husband gives me Reiki for that shoulder/side of the neck area, it goes away but it always comes back if I try to do an exercise that puts downward pressure there.
Any ideas on alternative exercises? Or would it work to try to pad the arms of the captain's chair even more?
I already do crunches ( on an angled bench) but am thinking of switching to swiss ball crunches, and the bicycle and back extension.

03-05-2008, 02:38 PM
How about lying leg raises while lying on a bench. I found I couldn't do the captains' chair for a long time but lying leg raises I could. Keep your legs straight throughout to make it more difficult.

03-06-2008, 08:48 AM
Thanks so much Lifeguard. I really appreciate you responding.