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Lying leg-hip raise

Exercise Profile

Body PartWaist
EquipmentBody weight
Primary MusclesIliopsoas, Rectus Abdominis
Secondary Muscles, Adductor Longus, Obliques, Pectineous, Sartorius, Tensor Fasciae Latae
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Introduction to the Lying leg-hip raise

The Lying leg-hip raise is a powerful lower body exercise that primarily targets the hip flexors, lower abs, and glutes, while also engaging the hamstrings and lower back. This exercise is suitable for both beginners and advanced fitness enthusiasts as it can be easily modified to match individual fitness levels. By incorporating Lying leg-hip raises into their routine, individuals can improve core strength, enhance lower body flexibility, and contribute to better balance and stability.

Performing the: A Step-by-Step Tutorial Lying leg-hip raise

  • Keep your arms by your sides with palms facing down, and extend your legs fully, keeping them close together.
  • Inhale and slowly lift your legs to a 90-degree angle, keeping them straight and together.
  • Following this, lift your hips off the floor while you exhale, using your abdominal muscles to push your legs upwards towards the ceiling.
  • Slowly lower your hips back to the floor, then lower your legs back to the starting position, ensuring you maintain control and do not let your legs drop quickly.

Tips for Performing Lying leg-hip raise

  • Controlled Movement: Avoid jerky or quick motions. Raise your legs and hips off the floor in a controlled manner, using your core strength. The slower and more controlled the raise, the more your muscles are engaged, increasing the effectiveness of the exercise.
  • Keep Your Lower Back Flat: A common mistake is arching the lower back during the exercise, which can lead to lower back pain or injury. Ensure your lower back remains in contact with the floor throughout the exercise. If you find your lower back arching, it may be because your abs are not strong enough yet. In this case, try a modified version of the exercise, such as raising one leg at a time.
  • Breathe Proper

Lying leg-hip raise FAQs

Can beginners do the Lying leg-hip raise?

Yes, beginners can definitely do the Lying leg-hip raise exercise. It is a relatively simple exercise that targets the lower abs and hip flexors. However, like any exercise, it's important to start slow and focus on form to avoid injury. If you find it too challenging, you can modify the exercise by bending your knees or not lifting your hips as high. As always, consult with a fitness professional if you're unsure about how to perform an exercise correctly.

What are common variations of the Lying leg-hip raise?

  • The Weighted Hip Raise involves placing a weight on your lower abdomen while performing the exercise, adding extra resistance and making the workout more challenging.
  • The Swiss Ball Hip Raise incorporates a Swiss ball to increase the difficulty of the exercise and engage your core muscles more effectively.
  • The Glute Bridge is a similar exercise where you lift your hips while keeping your feet flat on the ground, focusing more on your glutes than your lower back.
  • The Elevated Hip Raise is a variation where your feet are placed on an elevated surface, increasing the range of motion and intensity of the exercise.

What are good complementing exercises for the Lying leg-hip raise?

  • Bicycle crunches complement Lying leg-hip raises by not only working the lower abs but also engaging the upper abs and obliques, which ensures a comprehensive abdominal workout for balanced muscle development.
  • Russian twists can enhance the benefits of Lying leg-hip raises as they target the obliques and the lower back muscles, providing a full range of motion and promoting a stronger and more stable core.

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