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Hanging Leg Hip Raise

Hanging Leg Hip Raise

The Hanging Leg Hip Raise is a challenging and effective exercise that targets the muscles of your core, specifically your lower abs, hip flexors, and obliques. This exercise requires a pull-up bar or any sturdy overhead bar that can support your body weight. To perform the Hanging Leg Hip Raise, start by hanging from the bar with your hands shoulder-width apart and your legs fully extended. Engage your core and grip the bar firmly. From this position, exhale as you lift your legs upward, keeping them straight and together. The movement should be initiated from your hips, bringing your legs as high as possible while maintaining control. Hold the contracted position for a second, squeezing your lower abs, and then lower your legs back down to the starting position. It's important to note that the Hanging Leg Hip Raise requires a significant amount of upper body and core strength. If you're new to this exercise, you may find it helpful to start with bent knees or perform the movement with a slight bend in your elbows to reduce overall resistance. As you progress, you can gradually straighten your arms and progress to more advanced variations, such as leg raises with a twist or adding ankle weights for increased resistance. Incorporating the Hanging Leg Hip Raise into your workouts can help improve overall core strength, stability, and body control. Remember to always focus on proper form rather than speed, and listen to your body's limits to avoid any discomfort or injury. Aim for controlled movements and gradually increase the number of reps and sets as you become more comfortable with the exercise.


  • Hang from a pull-up bar with your arms fully extended and your palms facing forward.
  • Engage your core muscles by pulling your belly button in towards your spine.
  • Keep your legs straight and together, and slowly raise them up towards the ceiling.
  • Continue lifting your legs until your body forms a 90-degree angle.
  • Hold for a brief pause at the top of the movement.
  • Lower your legs back down to the starting position with control.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core muscles throughout the exercise for maximum effectiveness.
  • Control the movement and avoid swinging your legs to ensure proper form.
  • Focus on the contraction of your lower abs as you raise your legs.
  • Breathe out as you lift your legs and breathe in as you lower them.
  • Start with shorter sets and gradually increase the duration or number of repetitions.
  • Use a sturdy pull-up bar or hanging ab straps for added stability and safety.
  • If you find it difficult, start with bent knees and gradually progress to straight legs.
  • Add variety by performing different variations such as side-to-side leg raises or knee tucks.
  • Incorporate this exercise into a well-rounded abdominal workout routine for overall core development.
  • Maintain proper body alignment and avoid excessive hip flexion to prevent strain or injury.

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