The lying straight leg raise is a very effective exercise which works the rectus abdominis (Abdominals) muscles. Now, some people may not be able to keep their legs straight during this exercise so bending your knees slightly is perfectly acceptable. But just make sure the abs are contracted during the exercise to get the full benefits.
The lying straight leg raise requires no equipment other than maybe a floor mat or soft surface to lie on and this is also a great convenience seeing as you only need your bodyweight. Include this exercise in your ab workout regimen for additional abdominal stimulation.
In This Exercise
- Target Muscle Group: Rectus Abdominis
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Floor Mat
- Difficulty: Beginner/Intermediate
- Lie on the floor and place your arms by your sides.
- Then, keep your legs straight and lift them until your feet are pointing toward the ceiling. Contract your abdominals and exhale. Use your arms to keep your body on the floor.
- Now, slowly lower your legs back down a few inches from the floor and inhale.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Variations & Tips:
- You can bend your knees slightly if you’re not able to keep them straight during the exercise.
- Use your arms to keep your body flat on the floor.
- Do the exercise slow and controlled to feel the ab muscles contract.
- The lying straight leg raise is a great core bodyweight exercise which builds muscle and strength.