Lying Leg Raises

Lying Leg Raises

Lying leg raises work your hip flexors and are one of the best exercises for your tight abs.

  1. Begin by lying down on your back and place your hands at your sides for support.  Use a yoga mat or other mat if you will be completing on a hard surface.
  2. Extend your legs in front of you and lift them as you exhale until they’re perpendicular to the ground. Make sure your abs stay flexed throughout the movement.
  3. As you inhale, begin lowering your legs slowly back to the starting position and stop just about 1 inch off of the floor.
  4. Repeat for a desired number of reps.
  5. Make sure your back stays firmly against the floor throughout the exercise.
  6. If you find your lower back lifting off the ground you can place your hands under your back and try pressing your hands to the ground with your lower back.  Alternatively you may use a piece of equipment such as an “ab mat” to complete this exercise.

TIP: A great variation of this exercises are the hanging leg raises. As you hang from the chin-up bar, raise your legs until they form a 90-degree angle to your torso.

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