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Lying Single Leg Raise

Lying Single Leg Raise

The Lying Single Leg Raise is a fantastic exercise that targets your lower abs, hip flexors, and inner thighs. This exercise is particularly beneficial for individuals looking to strengthen their core and improve stability. The beauty of it is that you can perform it anywhere, whether at home or at the gym, making it a convenient addition to any workout routine. To perform the Lying Single Leg Raise, you start by lying flat on your back with your legs extended. Keep one leg straight on the ground while lifting the other leg towards the ceiling. Make sure to engage your core and use your lower abs to lift your leg, rather than relying on momentum. You can place your hands underneath your lower back for additional support. Maintain a slow and controlled movement as you raise your leg, and once it's perpendicular to the floor, pause for a moment before slowly lowering it back down to the starting position. Perform the desired number of repetitions on one leg before switching to the other side. The Lying Single Leg Raise can be modified to suit your fitness level and goals. If you're just starting, you can begin with bent knees and gradually work your way up to straight legs. You can also increase the difficulty by adding ankle weights or a resistance band around your ankles. Incorporating the Lying Single Leg Raise into your workout routine can help improve your overall core strength, stability, and balance. Remember to focus on proper form and control throughout the movement to maximize the benefits of this exercise.


  • Lie on your back with your legs extended and your arms by your sides.
  • Bend one knee and place your foot flat on the ground, keeping the other leg straight.
  • Engage your core and lift your straight leg slowly off the ground, while keeping it extended.
  • Raise your leg as high as comfortable, aiming for a 45-degree angle with the floor.
  • Hold the raised position briefly and then slowly lower your leg back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat the exercise for the desired number of repetitions, and then switch legs.
  • Remember to breathe continuously throughout the movement and maintain proper form.
  • Keep your abdominal muscles engaged throughout the exercise to protect your lower back.

Tips & Tricks

  • Engage your core throughout the exercise to maintain stability and balance.
  • Focus on squeezing your glutes and hamstrings to lift your leg and avoid using momentum.
  • Keep your extended leg as straight as possible while lifting it, but avoid locking your knee joint.
  • Control the movement on the way down as you lower your leg back to the starting position.
  • Maintain a slow and controlled tempo throughout the exercise to fully engage the targeted muscles.
  • Make sure to breathe properly during the exercise to ensure sufficient oxygen supply to your muscles.
  • Vary the range of motion by lifting your leg higher or lower to target different muscles in your lower body.
  • Add ankle weights or resistance bands to increase the intensity of the exercise as you progress.
  • Practice proper form and technique by starting with a lighter resistance or bodyweight before advancing to more challenging variations.

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