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The Hanging Leg Raise is a core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals but also works the obliques. This is an isolation exercise which is well suited to intermediate lifters.



  • Perform this exercise slowly and deliberately, avoiding using momentum at all costs. You want to keep your arms and torso in the same position throughout the movement.


  • Hang from a chin up bar and squeeze your abdominals to slowly raise your knees until they are above horizontal, or as high as you can raise them. Hold the contraction at the top for a moment before slowly lowering your knees back to the starting position.

Abdominal Muscle Diagram.

Abdominal Muscles