Lower Back Muscles
Having said above this abdominal exercise can also be done with a flat bench or on the floor using an exercise mat. The lower region of the rectus abdominus is the primary focus of this ab exercise.
How to do the Abdominal Leg Raise
- Lie on the floor with back flat to the floor and place your hands beside you or straight behind your head. If using a flat bench, place your hands behind you holding onto the bench.
- Keeping your legs straight, raise your legs as high as possible. Use your abdominal muscles and not momentum. If needed, bend knees slightly. For increased challenge, at the top of the move also lift your hips off the ground to really work the lower abs.
- Slowly lower your legs to starting position, inhaling as you return to the start position and exhaling as your raise your legs.
- Repeat this move for 8 to 15 repititions.