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Hanging Leg Raises - Muscles Worked & Benefits

Exercise Type: Single-joint
Primary Muscles Worked: Abdominals

Hanging leg raises are designed to target the hip flexors, while also targeting the abdominals. The amount of effort required to stabilise the spine and pelvis make this a very difficult exercise for the upper and lower abs. Intensity can be varied by straightening both legs or alternating.

Hanging Leg Raises - Exercise Workout & Technique

  • Position yourself in a Hanging Leg Raise apparatus whereby your elbows and forearms rest against the arm pads.
  • Exhale and raise your knees, round out the lower back and crunch your knees up to your abs. Hold at this point for a strong contraction.
  • Inhale and bring your knees down to the initial point where your legs are fully extended.
  • Repeat for the specified amount of reps.

Hanging Leg Raises - Tips and Safety

  • Keep all reps strict and controlled. Ensure that your back is flat and your shoulder blades are down. Keeping your legs straight during the exercise adds more resistance.

Hanging Leg Raises - Alternatives

  • Try Twisting Hanging Leg Raises in order to trim and shape the obliques.
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