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Hanging Leg Raise

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Type: Strength Main Muscle Worked: Abdominals Equipment: Body Only Mechanics Type: Isolation Level: Expert Sport: NoForce: Pull
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Hanging Leg Raise Guide

Main Muscle: Abdominals

  1. Hang from a chin-up bar with both arms extended at arms length in top of you using either a wide grip or a medium grip. The legs should be straight down with the pelvis rolled slightly backwards. This will be your starting position.
  2. Raise your legs until the torso makes a 90-degree angle with the legs. Exhale as you perform this movement and hold the contraction for a second or so.
  3. Go back slowly to the starting position as you breathe in.
  4. Repeat for the recommended amount of repetitions.

Caution: Perform this exercise slowly and deliberately as it takes some getting used to. Also, do not be hasty and try to use weights on the first time; you'll have enough in your hands by holding your weight and also learning how to balance yourself so that you avoid swinging your torso. As you get more advanced you can hold a dumbbell in between your feet. However, you have to be very careful when adding weight to this exercise as if you add too much too quickly you could get a hernia.

Variations: This exercise can also be performed using a vertical bench that makes the exercise easier by supporting your upper back in place and by allowing you to hold yourself by placing your elbows and arms on the side pads.

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May 2, 2015 8:45 AM: I can barely do 3, but I'm working up to 10! lol

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Jan 27, 2015 7:08 PM: I am doing it!

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Jan 5, 2015 12:49 AM: Great

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Dec 4, 2014 6:35 AM: Great for your core BUT the exercise described here are "hanging knee raises" not leg raises. They're the first step to achieving proper leg raises where you keep your legs straight throughout and finish with them sticking out straight in front of you. 10 of those and you'll have steel plated...+See More

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Nov 13, 2014 2:53 PM: How can I keep my legs from swinging?

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Oct 14, 2014 1:28 PM: Looking for alternative because our gym doesn't have equipment required to perform??

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Oct 14, 2014 1:27 PM: What to do? Our gym doesn't offer equipment to perform this exercise? Is there an alternative that doesn't require hanging?

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Sep 1, 2014 12:29 PM: Should have watched this before attempting at the gym a few days ago (with elbows and arms on pads). My lower back has been aching from it. I now know it is due to poor form. Won't happen again. Thank you for educating me!

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Mar 21, 2014 9:09 PM: Added ab straps since my hands were killing me on bar

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Aug 29, 2013 8:25 PM: I can really feeling the burn in my whole abs doing this. I like doing high reps about 20 is for me.

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