Hanging leg raise

The hanging leg raise is an exercise targeting the abs, but which also works the lats and hip flexors. Instead of resting your forearms on the pads of a captain's chair, you perform these hanging from a bar. Experienced lifters make these look easy, but beginners may need time to build up to sets of 8-12 reps.


  1. Higher degree of difficulty than with the captain's chair or parallel bars
  2. Emphasizes the lower part of the rectus abdominis or "six-pack" muscles
  3. Can be performed anywhere with a bar to hang from
  4. Can be the main focus of a minimalist core routine
  5. Builds grip, hamstring flexibility, and straight-arm pulling strength

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