Hanging Leg Raise Video Guide

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Exercise 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. 

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

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

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Posted 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

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

I am 62, can I be successful with this

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Posted Tue, 04/28/2015 - 00:16


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

Yes you can do it. Everything it's possibble

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Posted 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.

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Posted 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.

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

What would a replacement exercise be??

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Posted 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.

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Posted 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.

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Posted 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