Hanging Straight Leg Raise

Hanging Straight Leg Raise

The Hanging Straight Leg Raise is a challenging exercise that primarily targets the abdominal muscles, particularly the lower abs. This exercise is performed by hanging from a pull-up bar or using a captain's chair or gym equipment specifically designed for leg raises. As the name suggests, the exercise involves raising your legs while keeping them straight. It requires a great deal of core strength and control to perform correctly. The movement consists of lifting your legs until they are parallel to the ground, or ideally, until your toes touch the bar or equipment you're hanging from. Besides targeting the abs, the Hanging Straight Leg Raise also engages the hip flexors, making it a compound exercise that improves overall core stability. It is essential to focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise to get the most benefit and to avoid strain on the lower back. Incorporating Hanging Straight Leg Raises into your workout routine can help strengthen your core muscles, improve posture, and increase overall stability and balance. However, it is crucial to ensure you have sufficient upper body and core strength to perform this exercise safely and effectively.


  • Find a pull-up bar or any sturdy overhead surface that you can hang from.
  • Grab the bar with your palms facing away from you, and make sure your grip is shoulder-width apart.
  • Allow your body to hang freely with your legs extended straight down and your feet together.
  • Engage your core muscles and focus on keeping your legs straight as you slowly lift them up towards the ceiling.
  • Continue lifting until your legs are parallel to the ground or as high as you can comfortably go.
  • Hold the raised position briefly, then slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position with control.
  • Repeat this motion for the desired number of reps.
  • Remember to breathe consistently throughout the exercise and maintain proper form.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on engaging your core muscles throughout the entire movement.
  • Maintain a slight posterior pelvic tilt to prevent excessive swinging of the legs.
  • Control the lowering phase of the movement to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Keep your legs straight and toes pointed to further engage the lower abdominal muscles.
  • Avoid using momentum to swing your body - rely solely on your core strength to lift your legs.
  • Breathe out as you lift your legs and breathe in as you lower them for better control.
  • If you find it difficult to perform the exercise with straight legs, start by bending your knees and gradually progress to straight legs.
  • Use a sturdy pull-up bar or straps that can support your body weight comfortably.
  • Start with a shorter range of motion and gradually increase it as your strength improves.
  • Ensure proper grip and positioning of your hands on the bar to maintain stability and avoid slipping.


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