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Vertical Leg Raise (on parallel bars) (VERSION 2)

Vertical Leg Raise (on parallel bars)  (VERSION 2)

The Vertical Leg Raise (Version 2) is a challenging exercise that targets the lower abdominal muscles, hip flexors, and quadriceps. This exercise variation is performed on parallel bars, which adds an element of stability and balance to the movement. It is an excellent choice for those looking to strengthen their core, build lower abdominal definition, and improve hip flexor mobility. To perform the Vertical Leg Raise (Version 2), you will need a set of parallel bars or dip bars. Begin by grasping the bars with an overhand grip, placing your hands shoulder-width apart. Hang freely in a dead hang position, engaging your core muscles to stabilize your body. Next, while keeping your legs straight, raise them up in front of you until they are parallel to the ground or slightly higher. Focus on using your lower abdominal muscles to control the movement, avoiding any swinging or momentum. Slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position and repeat for the desired number of repetitions. To make this exercise more challenging, you can add ankle weights or hold a dumbbell between your feet. Alternatively, if you find this exercise too difficult, you can bend your knees slightly or perform it with a knee tuck motion instead. Remember to always listen to your body and modify the movement to suit your fitness level and abilities. Incorporating the Vertical Leg Raise (Version 2) into your workout routine can help improve core strength, enhance lower abdominal definition, and boost overall mobility in the hip flexors. For optimal results, combine this exercise with a balanced diet and regular cardiovascular exercise to promote fat loss and reveal those sculpted abs. So, give this challenging variation a try and watch your core strength soar!

Instructions

  • Step 1: Start by standing between two parallel bars, with your arms extended and holding onto the bars with an overhand grip.
  • Step 2: Lift your legs off the ground and allow your body to hang freely.
  • Step 3: Keep your legs straight and raise them up towards the ceiling as high as you can.
  • Step 4: When you reach the top of the movement, pause briefly and squeeze your abdominal muscles.
  • Step 5: Slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position with control.
  • Step 6: Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use proper form and technique to maximize the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Focus on engaging your core muscles throughout the movement.
  • Control the lowering phase to fully target the muscles involved.
  • Keep your legs straight and avoid swinging or using momentum to lift them up.
  • Gradually increase the level of difficulty by adding ankle weights or resistance bands.
  • Ensure that your elbows are fully extended and shoulders are relaxed.
  • Breathe deeply and exhale as you raise your legs.
  • Incorporate the exercise into a well-rounded abdominal and core workout routine.
  • Warm up properly before performing the exercise to prevent injury.
  • Listen to your body and avoid overexertion or pushing through pain.
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