Lying Leg Raise


  1. Lie flat on your back on a mat with your legs extended and your arms by your sides or under your lower back for support.
  2. Engage your core muscles and keep your lower back pressed into the mat.
  3. Lift your legs up towards the ceiling, keeping them straight and together.
  4. Raise your legs until they are perpendicular to the floor or as high as you can without lifting your lower back off the mat.
  5. Slowly lower your legs back down to the starting position, maintaining control and keeping your core engaged.


Category:Horizontal Hip Flexion
Typical discipline:Bodyweight/Calisthenics
Type:Primary Isolation
Primary body segment:Lower


Primary:Rectus Abdominis, Iliacus, Psoas Major
Secondary:Oblique External, Oblique Internal, Transversus Abdominis, Tensor Fasciae Latae, Sartorius, Adductor Longus, Adductor Brevis, Adductor Magnus, Gracilis, Pectineus, Rectus Femoris

Bodyweight percentage lifted