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Incline Leg Hip Raise

Exercise Profile

Body PartWaist
EquipmentBody weight
Primary MusclesIliopsoas, Rectus Abdominis
Secondary Muscles, Adductor Longus, Obliques, Pectineous, Quadriceps, Sartorius, Tensor Fasciae Latae
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Introduction to the Incline Leg Hip Raise

The Incline Leg Hip Raise is a powerful exercise that targets the core, specifically the lower abs and hip flexors, offering improved strength and stability. It's an excellent choice for fitness enthusiasts of all levels, from beginners to advanced athletes, as it can be adjusted according to individual strength and endurance. People might want to incorporate this exercise into their routine to enhance their abdominal strength, improve overall body balance and stability, and work towards a more defined midsection.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Incline Leg Hip Raise

  • Ensure that your hips are at the edge of the bench, allowing your legs to hang off the edge.
  • Inhale and brace your core, then lift your legs and hips towards your chest in a smooth, controlled motion.
  • At the top of the movement, your body should form a straight line from your shoulders to your knees.
  • Slowly lower your legs and hips back down to the starting position, exhaling as you go, and repeat the exercise for your desired number of repetitions.

Tips for Performing Incline Leg Hip Raise

  • Controlled Movements: When raising your legs, do so in a controlled manner. Avoid swinging your legs or using momentum to lift them, as this can lead to back strain and won't effectively target the intended muscles. Your legs should be raised until they're pointing towards the ceiling, then slowly lowered back down.
  • Engage Your Core: Throughout the exercise, make sure to engage your core. This not only helps to stabilize your body but also ensures that the focus of the exercise is on your abdominal muscles. A common mistake is to let the lower back or legs do most of the work, which can lead to strain and injury.
  • Breathing Technique: Proper breathing technique

Incline Leg Hip Raise FAQs

Can beginners do the Incline Leg Hip Raise?

Yes, beginners can do the Incline Leg Hip Raise exercise. However, it's important to start with a lower intensity and gradually increase as your strength and endurance improve. As with any exercise, proper form is crucial to prevent injury. If you're new to exercising, it may be beneficial to have a trainer or experienced individual guide you through the process.

What are common variations of the Incline Leg Hip Raise?

  • Weighted Incline Leg Hip Raise: For this variation, you hold a small weight between your feet as you perform the exercise, increasing the resistance and making the exercise more challenging.
  • Single-Leg Incline Hip Raise: In this variation, instead of raising both legs simultaneously, you raise one leg at a time, which can help to isolate and target each side of your lower abs individually.
  • Incline Leg Hip Raise with a Medicine Ball: This involves squeezing a medicine ball between your legs as you raise your hips, increasing the difficulty and engaging your inner thighs as well.
  • Incline Leg Hip Raise with Ankle Weights: By attaching ankle weights, you add an extra level of resistance to the exercise, making your muscles work harder and potentially leading to faster strength gains

What are good complementing exercises for the Incline Leg Hip Raise?

  • Russian Twists: Russian Twists complement Incline Leg Hip Raises by providing a rotational movement that targets the obliques, enhancing your core strength and stability, and improving your body's ability to perform the hip raise movement efficiently.
  • Bicycle Crunches: Bicycle Crunches are an excellent addition to Incline Leg Hip Raises as they target the lower abs, upper abs, and obliques, providing a comprehensive abdominal workout that complements the hip and lower ab engagement of the Incline Leg Hip Raise.

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