How to do a Leg Raise

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About Leg Raise

Sets Logged
3,761,280
Popularity Rank
31st
Difficulty
Beginner
Abs Strength
99 mSCORE 3rd
Equipment Required
    Bodyweight-only
Primary Muscles
Secondary Muscles
None

Instructions: How To

Leg Raise is a simple bodyweight core exercise that involves laying on the ground and suspending your legs in the air. While your core does play a significant role in raising your legs, the real benefit comes from controlling their descent back to the floor.

  1. Lie your back onto the ground with your legs extended and arms resting at your sides palms down.
  2. Slightly tilt your hips upward to position your lower back flush with the floor.
  3. Prevent your lower back from lifting off the floor by breathing into your stomach and flexing your abdominal muscles.
  4. Keep your ankles bent to 90 degrees and your legs extended with a slight bend in your knees as you raise your legs to vertical with the floor.
  5. Lower your legs to the starting position.

Common Mistakes

  • Resting Between Reps

    Keep your core engaged for the duration of the exercise, even between reps. This exercise is designed to add instability that your core needs to compensate for. Keeping your core engaged throughout the exercise will improve the effectiveness of the exercise.

Sets & Reps: How many to do

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  • beginner
    3
    sets
    9
    reps
    1 Set Max
    10
    reps
  • intermediate
    4
    sets
    9
    reps
    11
    reps
  • advanced
    4
    sets
    10
    reps
    12
    reps

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