Venatus Strength and Conditioning

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Hanging Leg Raises

Hanging leg raises are a great core strengthening exercise.  To perform correctly follow the technique in the video and description below.

  1. Hang straight down from a pull-up bar.  Before beginning the movement pull your body slightly up so the shoulders are in a contracted position, contract the abs by pulling the belly button into the spine, and squeeze the glutes together.  Contraction in the body will keep you from swinging while performing the exercise.
  2. Using the hips as a hinge point keep the legs straight and pull them up till the upper and lower body form a 90-degree angle.
  3. Slowly lower the legs back to the starting position.
  4. Modification: if you need the exercise to be easier, perform the exercise with a bent knee and pull the knees as far up to the chest as possible.