Hanging Leg Raises
Targets internal and external obliques, rectus abdominus and serratus anterior.
Hanging leg raises work almost every core muscle depending on your form. In this video I pull my legs up to each side of my body while concentrating on the internal and external obliques and serratus anterior. You must focus on flexing these muscle while doing the workout. Additionally, this workout will work your transverse abdominus, or deep muscle tissue, and your Rectus Abdominus (8 pack).
If you haven’t done leg lifts before I suggest starting with the beginners exercise.
- Lift legs by contracting the serratus anterior and obliques and keeping your legs straight
- Lower legs to a downward position on the opposite side that you lifted from
- Keep your core muscle contracted through the full range of the exercise (this will increase the difficulty of the workout and maximize the effectiveness)
- Lift your right knee to your left elbow
- Lower legs to a downward position
- Lift your left knee to your right elbow
- Repeat until burnout
Remember to keep all movements slow and consistent and avoid swinging your body. If it doesn’t burn the muscles you intend then your doing it wrong. They key to any ab exercise is to focus on contracting the muscle group you want to build.