Hanging Leg Raise

hanging leg raise
Exercise Profile

Primary Muscle Group(s): Abdominals

Secondary Muscle Group(s):

Exercise Instructions

1. Grasp the handles of the leg raise apparatus to support your body. Hang your body straight down. Test

2. Keep your knees slightly bent throughout the entire movement.

3. Raise your legs until they are just past parallel to the floor, lower and repeat. Do not swing your body. For those who are unable to perform this exercise with straight legs, try bending your knees and tucking them into the waist at each repetition. Remember to try and point your toes downward. After a few weeks, you will be able to do this exercise with straight legs.


The hanging leg raise works the entire abdominal region, especially the lower abs.

This exercise can be done on a bar (as in the illustration to the left), or on a leg raise apparatus, which can be found in most gyms. The leg raise apparatus allows you to rest your arms on pads while you do the leg raise. Personally, I prefer a leg raise apparatus because my arms don't tire out before I finish my exercise.

This is a tough exercise to perform, however, it is very effective at strengthening and building the abdominal region.

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