The hanging straight leg raise is an isolation exercise for developing muscle and strength in the abdominal muscles of the core. But the obliques and hip flexors also get worked as a result. Now, this exercise should be simple enough for most people to do if you have sufficient grip strength. And it makes a great core movement which is beneficial for stabilization during daily activities and weight training.
Keeping your legs straight during the exercise targets more of the lower abdominals which is great for overall aesthetic appearance. So, include the hanging straight leg raise in your ab routine for an even more impressive midsection.
In This Exercise
- Target Muscle Group: Rectus Abdominis
- Type: Strength
- Mechanics: Isolation
- Equipment: Bar to hang from
- Difficulty: Intermediate
- Hang from a bar.
- Then, slowly lift both legs straight up until they are at or just above parallel while contracting your abs. Keep your legs straight. Exhale during this portion of the exercise.
- Now, slowly lower your legs back down. Inhale during this portion of the exercise.
- Repeat for the desired number of reps.
Variations & Tips:
- Keep your knees completely straight during this exercise.
- If you’re a beginner, you can bend your knees slightly until you become more experienced with the exercise.
- The hanging straight leg raise targets the abdominals but the obliques and hip flexors also get worked during the movement.
Watch: How to do the hanging straight leg raise