What are hanging leg raises?

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Hanging leg raises is an exercise which targets your lower abs. Don’t let that confuse you though- you’ll still receive a good overallab workout from performing them.

Before you can perform the exercise, you need to have something from which you can safely hang. Most gyms will have pull up bars somewhere, so you can use those if you can’t find anything else.

To be on the safe side, ask someone who works at the gym what would be best for you to perform suspended (hanging) leg raises on. He/she will most likely be able to lead you in the right direction.

Once you have something to hang from, then you’re ready to perform the exercise.

How to perform hanging leg raises:

  • Step 1- Grab the bar (from which you will be hanging). Be sure to use a grip which you can hold for 30-45 seconds, or if you can’t, then use wrist straps to assist you in holding yourself up.
  • Step 2- Place your feet together tightly. Try to make your legs act as a single unit.
  • Step 3- Begin by slowly raising your legs forward and towards the ceiling. Do not swing Be sure to keep your abs tight to ensure that you keep good form.
  • Step 4- Raise your legs until they are about 6 inches from being straight in front of you. This keeps pressure on your abs, and doesn’t allow them to relax.
  • Step 5- Slowly lower your legs, but do not let them touch the floor. Keep tension on your abs throughout the entire duration of the exercise.
  • Step 6- You’ve just completed 1 rep. Repeat steps 1-5 for your desired number of repetitions.

What are hanging leg raises?

Remember, you must keep tension on your abs for the duration of the exercise, so do not use momentum!

Also, don’t perfectly straighten your legs in Step 4, and don’t completely drop them in step 5.


As your core becomes stronger, then you’ll find that you’re better able to control yourself. This will allow you go slower, thus allowing you to work your abs harder.

Alright, I believe that you’ve got all you need to get started.

I highly recommend hanging leg raises because they’ll give your abs an wonderful workout!

Good luck!