Lying Leg Raises

Lying Leg Raises are a great way to work your abdominals with the main focus on those hard to reach lower abs.

Lying Leg Raises

Primary Muscles Used

Captains chair hanging leg raise Muscles Used

Lying Leg Raises Instructions

  • Lie on a bench or on the floor and grab something stable behind your head.
  1. Legs straight out in front of you, ankles together and feet slightly higher than the bench or floor. Keep your knees straight and raise your legs by flexing the abdominals.
  2. Continue raising your legs until your legs and body are at a 90 degree angle, or until your feet are straight up in the air.
  3. At that point slowly raise your butt off the bench, pushing your feet straight up in the air.
    1. Important - Do not bring your feet back towards your head, you must push straight up.
  4. Slowly bring your butt down and slowly lower your legs until you reach the starting position.
  5. Repeat.
  • If you feel pain or stress in your lower back try doing lying knee ups until your abdominals are strong enough to support your back.
Hanging Leg Raise Instruction

Tim's list of benefits for Lying Leg Raises

  • This exercise targets the abdominal muscles, creating maximum contraction on the abdominals and a strong contraction on the obliques.
  • Since your legs move and your torso is stabilized this can support the back if you have any back issues.
  • The main focus is on the lower abs which help with running and going up stairs, in addition to the hardest area of your midsection to tighten up.
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