Leg Lifts Exercise: Work Those Lower Abs Well

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Leg Lifts

The Leg Lifts exercise, or leg raises, is an ab isolation exercise. By raising your legs above your body, you work not only your upper abs, but your lower abs as well. Because you raise your legs off the ground, Leg Lifts especially work your lower abs.

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This abs exercise is very similar to the V-ups exercise, but you don’t move your arms. Often performed while hanging on a bar, this exercise is often termed “hanging leg lifts” or “hanging leg raises.”

To Do Leg Lifts:

  1. Lie on your back.
  2. Place your hands, palms down, on the floor beside you.
  3. Raise your legs off the ground (Exhale as you go).
  4. Keep your knees locked throughout the exercise.
  5. Hold for 30 seconds, or as long as you can (with some routines, there is only a short contraction/holding period).
  6. Return to starting position (Inhale as you go).

Leg Lift Variations

If you find it too difficult to perform then raise your legs at a different angle. This will give you added support. Different leg lift variations include going very high, or very low. Switch things up, until you find what works for you. You can hold grasp a stability ball between your legs, to increase your core strength.

Also, keep your knees locked for a better workout. Unlock your knees to make Leg Lifts easier. You can also cross your legs, as seen in the 2nd video below.

Popular Leg Lift Workouts

Leg Lifts Videos

Swiss Ball Leg Lifts

Swiss Ball Leg Lifts are a popular variation of leg lifts. Here you put an exercise, or Swiss ball, between your legs. Some variations even have you extend your arms up as you go. The first video shows this version of Swiss Ball Leg Lifts. The second shows an easier, safer way, where you support your abs/core with your hands. Remember to inhale on the way up, and exhale on the way down:

Hanging Leg Raises

With hanging leg raises, keeping your knees in is the easier version. Raising your legs above your head is obviously the harder version. Proper breathing, like explained in the video above, is important.

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