Hanging Leg Raises

Mastering Hanging Leg Raises: A Step-by-Step Guide to Strengthening Your Core

Hanging leg raises are a great exercise for strengthening the core, especially the lower abdominal muscles. Here’s how to perform them correctly:


Find a pull-up bar or a similar sturdy overhead bar that can support your weight. Grasp the bar with an overhand grip (palms facing away from you), and your hands should be about shoulder-width apart.


Allow your body to hang straight down from the bar with your legs together. You can either keep your legs straight or have a slight bend in the knees if you’re a beginner. Make sure your arms and back are straight.


Exhale and use your abdominal muscles to raise your legs in front of you. The movement should be controlled and deliberate.

Lift your legs until they are parallel to the ground or higher. For an extra challenge, you can try to lift your legs all the way up to the bar.

Hold the position briefly at the top of the movement.

Lowering Phase:

Inhale and slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position. Avoid swinging or using momentum to raise your legs.


Aim to perform about 10-15 repetitions per set, and consider doing 3-4 sets in total.

Tips for Effectiveness and Safety:

  • Keep your movements smooth and controlled to maximize engagement of the core muscles and to prevent momentum from taking over.
  • Avoid arching your back or swinging your hips; this can put unnecessary strain on your back and reduce the effectiveness of the exercise on your abs.
  • As you become more proficient, you can add variations like twisting your legs to target the obliques or using ankle weights for added resistance.

Starting with proper technique and gradually increasing intensity will help you make the most of this exercise while minimizing the risk of injury.