Hanging Leg Raises
|Side Note: On my page finding the best abdominal exercise for you, I talk about a study that compared work to compression ratio between ab exercises.|
Okay, here's the form.
Hanging Leg Raises
Starting Position: Use an overhand grip and grab onto a bar, while keeping your body in a straight line.
Form: Keeping your upper body still, lift your legs out in front of you. Hold briefly at the top of the motion, and then slowly lower to the starting position.
Personal Trainer Tips: Move in a slow and controlled manner so that momentum does not take over. Moving in a slow and controlled manner will also decrease how much you will sway.
Keep a slight bend in the knees to take a little pressure off your lower back.
Stop the set if you feel any discomfort in your lower back.
If your grip strength prevents you from holding yourself up, you can use ab straps to suspend your body.
Other Variations of Leg Raises
Hanging Leg Lifts are only one option to work your abdominal muscles.
If you are a beginner, I suggest starting with regular leg raises on the floor.
In addition, you can do bent knee and straight knee raises on a roman chair (aka captain's chair).
And if your grip prevents you from holding yourself in place during hanging leg raises you can try using ab straps.
Remember, to always build up slowly if you're doing new ab exercises and stretch your hips and lower back after your ab workouts.
Yours in Health,
Dr. Charles PT/PT
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