Exercise Profile
  • Target Muscle Group
  • Exercise TypeStrength
  • Equipment RequiredBodyweight
  • MechanicsIsolation
  • Force TypePull
  • Experience LevelAdvanced
  • Secondary Muscles
Target Muscle Group


Abs Muscle Anatomy Diagram

Hanging Leg Raise Instructions

  1. The hanging leg raise is an awesome exercise for building the lower abs. All you need for this exercise is somewhere to hang from. It could be a chinup bar or it could be a tree.
  2. Once you're hanging, tense up the mid section. While keeping your legs straight, raise your them up slowly. You should raise your legs are high as possible.
  3. Pause for a second, and slowly lower your legs back to the starting position.
  4. Repeat for desired reps.

​Leg Raise Tips:

  1. Speed is so important with the hanging leg raise. If you swing your legs, you're using momentum and your abs will not benefit much from the exercise.
  2. Do not allow your body to swing. Keep your torso as still and controlled as possible. 
  3. Advanced lifters can add weight by holding a dumbbell between the feet. 
Posted on: Sat, 04/01/2023 - 19:22

Is this exercise enough to build huge muscles I see we are targeting each group only once per week and in another article you recommended to train each muscle group twice a week

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Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2023 - 09:19

There are many articles to help as many people as possible. This one alone isn't enough. You need a full program. How experienced are you with training?

Posted on: Tue, 10/12/2021 - 10:51

Do you have an alternative exercice? Too hard for me.

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Posted on: Mon, 10/18/2021 - 21:18

Hey Phil, perform lying leg raises on the floor. Your back will be supported, and it will be easier to focus on the abs.

Posted on: Sun, 11/15/2020 - 06:46

I can do these perfectly fine with out swinging very control my only issue is on the way going down. I hear my knee pop how can I avoid this

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Posted on: Mon, 11/16/2020 - 12:53

Hey Johnny - this could be a mobility issue in your lower body. Does the pop hurt?

Posted on: Wed, 12/09/2020 - 16:39

Hi Abigail
It does not hurt when it pops.

Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2019 - 07:27

My legs seem to get tired before my abs do with this exercise. How do I isolate my abs better. I don’t believe I am swinging at all.

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Posted on: Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:03

Hi Corey,

Try Floor leg raises. You might be able to get a better connection with your abs from a lying position.

Posted on: Mon, 03/23/2020 - 19:31

I totally agree!

Posted on: Thu, 02/28/2019 - 09:59

What would be a good place to start if I can't lift my legs yet... Except to pull my knees in? I'd like to work up to this, but am not even close yet.

Posted on: Fri, 03/29/2019 - 07:33

Instead of the full leg raise, do knee raises. When you feel comfortable doing them, try to do some leg raises at the start of each set. Eventually progress until you can do them for the whole workout.

Posted on: Sun, 04/22/2018 - 13:06

Is it ok to use straps or hooks to assist grip?

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Posted on: Mon, 04/23/2018 - 09:20

Hi Alan,

If need be, yes.

Hope this helps!

Posted on: Thu, 12/29/2016 - 10:13

How many times it need to do (rep)? and how many times in a week?

Posted on: Sun, 09/25/2016 - 15:47

I love to incorporate this slow and controlled movement while huddled in the squat rack doing lower weight higher intensity squats or varied cleans with push presses. Awesome ab work

Posted on: Sun, 02/01/2015 - 13:19

I am 62, can I be successful with this

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Posted on: Sun, 01/06/2019 - 22:50

Hey, I'm 74 and I do this program regularly. Successful is not surrendering to age or what others may tell you. I say go for it!

Eddie Taylor
Posted on: Mon, 11/21/2016 - 16:49

Yes you can do it. Everything it's possibble

Posted on: Fri, 11/09/2018 - 00:00

Hi, I am karthik from tamilnadu, india. sir age is not matter work hard result will automatically comes one day. age is numbers only. so don't worry about age. work.....

Posted on: Tue, 04/29/2014 - 21:44

7 weeks ago I injured my lower back doing squats. My Dr thought it was probably a herniated disc but didn't send me for an MRI right away, wanted me to do physical therapy first. My PT said that my symptoms and range of motion, plus only the localized pain, was more like a servers strain and not so much a herniation. Anyway, I started back to the gym this week doing light weights to get the body back into the groove and get the soreness week out of the way. This workout plan looks like a great thing to restart my lifting again after 7 weeks off. Prior to the injury I was lifting for the last year and a half.

I know the importance of squats and deadlifts and such. I'm just really scared of the squat rack at this time. Well I should say I'm really scared to put much pressure on my lower back since without the MRI, I'm not sure which injury I really have. Should I just keep doing basic lifting exercises for a few more weeks before I start this program up to give more healing time? How do I get over the mental part to get back into squats and deadlifts again, that's if my back will even let me? Thanks for reading my novel.

Posted on: Fri, 12/16/2016 - 06:17

Get the injury checked out properly. A PT should be telling you this not giving opinions well outside of there level of qualification and expertise. Spend the time and money to prioritize your health then get back to training when you can make proper informed decisions about what is safe.

Posted on: Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:52

What would a replacement exercise be??

Posted on: Thu, 12/26/2013 - 13:59

this is by far the best ab workout i tried, try doing it as slow as possible and don't swing neither your legs nor your torso to get the most benefit out of it.

Posted on: Mon, 10/21/2013 - 01:38

Being in the military and I'm always telling my Airmen to work weighed abs, as they use weights for every other muscle. I love weighed leg raises, although I prefer gym equipment like the "power tower" so I don't have to hang, as I have bad shoulders. The power tower also assists in keeping the torso from moving.

Posted on: Fri, 02/08/2013 - 10:57

I'm 49, balancing my diet, increasing cardio and peforming this overall ab routine has created the definition I was seeking. THX