Hanging Leg Raise (with ab straps)

Hanging Leg Raise (with ab straps)

Classification

Utility: Auxiliary
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Pull

Instructions

Preparation

Stand below ab straps hanging from high bar. Place upper arms in straps and grasp straps above.

Execution

Raise legs by flexing hips and knees until hips are completely flexed or knees are well above hips. Return until hips and knees are extended downward. Repeat.

Comments

Exercise can be performed without ab straps, by hanging from high bar. 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

Lie on flat surface or incline to make this exercise less intense.

Harder

Exercise can be performed with added weight. Knees may be kept extended throughout leg raise to increase intensity. Knees can also be raised to shoulders to dynamically involve Rectus Abdominis.


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