How to: Straight-Leg Raise
Primary Muscles Used:Abs, Rectus Abdominis
Exercise Families:Trunk Flexion
- Lie on your back on a yoga mat. Extend both legs and engage your abdominal muscles by drawing your belly button in towards your spine. This is your starting position.
- Inhale. Exhale. While keeping your legs extended, slowly raise your legs upwards until they form a 90-degree angle with your hips.
- Inhale. Slowly lower your legs to return to the starting position, but without lowering your feet to the floor. Repeat for the specified number of repetitions.
For a simlar abs exercise you can do without any equipment, try a reverse crunch. This exercise is performed similarly to a straight-leg raise, but you'll bend your knees and bring them in towards your chest as you raise your legs.
Alternative Exercises for No Equipment
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