Straight-Leg Raise

Straight-Leg Raise on Yoga Mat

How to Leg Raise

You Should Feel This: Abs

Exercise Families: Hip Flexion

Equipment: Yoga Mat

Trainer: Ashley Steele


  1. Lie on your back with your hands by your sides. Extend your legs straight, with your heels lifted several inches off the ground.

  2. Keep your core strong as you tighten your hips to lift your legs in the air in an arcing path of motion.

  3. Be sure to keep both legs straight as you flex your hips, moving as far as you can control— not passing 90 degrees of hip flexion (legs straight in the air).

  4. Hold the up-position for 1 - 2 seconds, keep your abs engaged, and slowly return to the starting position.

  5. You should feel this exercise challenging your hip flexors and core muscles.

Alternative Exercises:

Weighted Leg Raise  Bent-Leg Raise

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