Incline Leg Raise

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Incline Leg Raise

Instructions

Preparation

Lie supine on incline board with torso elevated. Grasp feet hooks or sides of board for support.

Execution

Raise legs by flexing hips and knees until hips are completely flexed. Return until hips and knees are extended. Repeat.

Comments

Rectus Abdominis and Obliques only contract dynamically if actual waist flexion occurs. With no waist flexion, Rectus Abdominis and External Oblique will only act to stabilize pelvis and waist during hip flexion. It may be necessary to completely flex hips before waist flexion is possible, as in leg-hip raise. Also see Spot Reduction Myth and Lower Ab Myth.

Easier

Lower incline or lying on floor or bench to decrease intensity.

Harder

Elevate incline or straighten knees more to increase resistance. Once highest incline has been achieved, exercise can be performed vertically. Bent knees can also be raise to shoulders to dynamically involve Rectus Abdominis. Exercise can also be performed with added weight.

Classification

 Utility: Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Isolated
 Force: Pull

Muscles

Target

Synergists

Stabilizers

Dynamic Stabilizers

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