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Lying Leg Raises

  1. To begin, lie down on an exercise mat with your back pressed against the floor and your legs extended a few inches above the floor. 

  2. Place your hands either under your glutes with your palms down or by the sides. This will be your starting position.

  3. As you keep your legs extended, straight as possible raise your legs until they make a 90-degree angle with the floor. Inhale as you perform this portion of the movement.

  4. Hold the contraction at the top for a second then as you exhale, slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position.


  • As you get more advanced you can also add resistance by adding a ball or holding a dumbbell in between your feet.

Alternative Exercises for Lying Leg Raises  

  • Lying Leg Pull-Ins

  • Reverse Crunches

  • Flutter Kicks

  • Lying In & Out Abs 

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