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i like weighted ab work to get good definition/sculpting/6pack. i like weighted crunches on a decline bench or stability ball if no bench available. i also like weighted russian twists, cable crunches, bicycle crunches and reverse crunches--all with weight.
Leg raises are the core exercise you should be doing (pun intended). They are difficult and it takes some work to be able to do them but it's well worth it. On hanging leg raises you want to eventually do them with your legs straight (no bent knees), and be able to do reps with your legs straight out (hips 90%) in front of you and then finally be able to bring your feet up to the bar. Lots of info on the interweb.
Here's some good stuff on core and anterior pelvic tilt. Pelvic tilt=bad. An interesting thing McGill discovered is that excellent core strength-endurance correlates well to a healthy back, but strength alone didn't. Makes sense since the ability to stabilize your core for long periods of time is what will get you through the day or playing any sport.
I do planks too. After a couple of minutes they really start to burn, at least for me. It seems logical that they should be an excellent stability exercise. I'm all about function, but I have visible abs also.
Mostly static. Try the intermediate one to start (the beginner is really easy). You might be surprised the next day at how sore you will get. Full disclosure, I rotate this kind of static program every 6 weeks or so with weighted crunches, so I'd agree those are good too.