Hanging Leg Raise

  • Skill Level Intermediate
  • Type Bodyweight, Strength Training
  • Equipment Pullup Bar
  • Body parts Abs, Back, Hips, Lats, Obliques

The hanging leg raise is a core strengthening exercise that targets the entire abdominal region with an emphasis on the lower abdominals and hip flexors. This exercise also improves stability in the lower back.

Instructions

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    Grab a pullup bar with an overhand grip, making sure your arms are completely straight and your feet are off the ground.
  2. Hanging Leg Raise
    With your legs completely straight the entire time, tighten your core and use your abs to raise your feet toward your shoulders. Pause when your thighs reach your chest. Return to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Don't use momentum to bring your legs up. All of the movement is created by your legs.
  • Don't shrug your shoulders as you hang from the bar. Keep them tucked down and back.
  • Don't allow your body to swing back and forth.

Advanced variations