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Weighted Captains Chair Leg Raise

Weighted Captains Chair Leg Raise

The Weighted Captains Chair Leg Raise is a highly effective exercise that targets the muscles of the core, particularly the lower abdominals. This exercise is typically performed on a Captains Chair, which is a piece of fitness equipment consisting of a vertical backrest and armrests, with no seat. It is designed to support the upper body while challenging the abdominals. To perform the Weighted Captains Chair Leg Raise, you start by standing on the footrests of the Captains Chair, gripping the armrests for support. The legs should be hanging straight down, with the knees slightly bent. You can add extra resistance to this exercise by holding a weight between your feet or by wearing ankle weights. As you raise your legs, your lower abs contract to lift your knees towards your chest, while keeping your back straight and maintaining control. Focus on using your core and avoid swinging your legs or using momentum. Once you have raised your legs as high as you can comfortably go, hold the position for a few seconds to maximize the engagement of your abdominals. Then, slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position. The Weighted Captains Chair Leg Raise helps to improve core strength and stability, enhances overall body control, and targets the lower abs. By increasing the difficulty with added weight, you can make this exercise more challenging and further stimulate your abdominal muscles. Incorporate this exercise into your workout routine to build a strong and defined core.


  • Sit on a captains chair with your back pressed against the backrest and grip the handholds.
  • Position your forearms on the pads and keep your elbows bent at a 90-degree angle.
  • Engage your abdominal muscles and keep your back straight.
  • Slowly lift your knees towards your chest by flexing your hips and curling your pelvis.
  • Exhale as you raise your knees.
  • Continue lifting until your thighs are perpendicular to the ground or slightly higher.
  • Hold the position for a moment and squeeze your abs.
  • Slowly lower your legs back to the starting position as you inhale.
  • Repeat for the recommended number of repetitions.
  • Ensure controlled and smooth movements throughout the exercise.
  • Avoid swinging your legs or using momentum to lift them.
  • Use a weight plate or dumbbell between your feet to increase the intensity if desired.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on maintaining proper form throughout the exercise to prevent any unnecessary strain or injury.
  • Engage your core muscles by contracting them throughout the movement.
  • Gradually increase the weight used for added resistance as you become stronger.
  • Incorporate other lower ab exercises into your workout routine to target the entire abdominal region.
  • Control your breathing by exhaling as you lift your legs and inhaling as you lower them down.
  • Perform a controlled and slow movement, ensuring full range of motion.
  • Listen to your body and take breaks when needed to avoid overexertion or fatigue.
  • Utilize a spotter or trainer if you're new to this exercise or using heavy weights.
  • Aim for consistency in your workout routine to see progress over time.
  • Fuel your body properly with a balanced diet to support muscle growth and recovery.


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