elevated leg raises

abs and core exercises

Elevated leg raises (also known as ‘hanging leg raises) are performed elevated on a set of bars. They are yet another advanced ab exercise worth adding to your routine.

How to perform elevated leg raises

You can either use the leg raise machine, it’s conveniently set up to position your forearms comfortably, with a handle either side to help stabilise yourself.

Once you’re in position, simply start with your legs hanging ‘dead’ beneath you, brace your core and slowly raise your straight legs until they are parallel with the floor.

Slowly lower them back down to start position and go for reps.

You can also perform these on a set of free bars, simply grip the bars, elevate your legs and go through the same above movement for reps.

Elevated leg raises: Common mistakes to avoid

Avoid swinging your legs and/or using momentum to get you through the set.

As always, sloppy form is never recommended. If you are doing your elevated leg raises with incorrect form, you may poorly engage the intended muscle groups. This will, without a doubt, impact negatively on your outcomes.

Reps and sets

As with all exercises, elevated leg raises should be worked into your overall bigger picture. How many reps and sets you perform with each exercise depends entirely on where you are physically and your desired outcomes.

Beginners should keep it simple; 3-4 plank holds for as long as possible is an ideal starting point. Don’t overcomplicate things early on, worry about laying a solid foundation and the rest will come with experience.

More advanced lifters should consider their current strength and goals.