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How to Do Hanging Leg Lifts at Home With No Equipment

author image Lisa M. Wolfe
A mother of two and passionate fitness presenter, Lisa M. Wolfe had her first fitness article published in 2001. She is the author of six fitness books and holds an Associate of Arts in exercise science from Oakland Community College. When not writing, Wolfe is hula-hooping, kayaking, walking or cycling.
How to Do Hanging Leg Lifts at Home With No Equipment
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Hanging leg raises are an effective abdominal strengthening exercise. If you are working out at home, your abdominal exercises do not have to be limited by lack of equipment options. Typically, you perform a hanging leg raise on a pull-up bar. The goal is to find something that allows you to hang with straight arms, a straight torso and lift your feet off the floor. If you are unable to find options inside your home, you will find an option outside your front door.

The Exercise

Step 1

Reach overhead and grasp a bar with both hands. Face your palms away from you. Straighten your arms.

Step 2

Hang from the bar. Bend your knees to lift your feet behind you if the bar is not high enough to allow you to hang.

Step 3

Tighten your stomach. Exhale and lift your bent knees in front of you to approximately the height of your hips. Keep your torso still and avoid swinging.

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Step 4

Inhale and lower your knees to start position. Repeat as many times as you are able until you reach muscle fatigue.

The Options

Step 1

Hang from a sturdy door frame in your home.

Step 2

Grab onto an open basement beam.

Step 3

Place your hands on the bottom of a high deck or open deck staircase.

Step 4

Use a sturdy tree branch in your yard to perform hanging leg raises.

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