Elevate Your Core Training: Advanced Hanging Leg Raise Techniques

December 16, 2023 | John Paul Catanzaro

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Hanging leg raises stand as a cornerstone in core training, particularly beneficial for athletes, as they target the lower abdominal muscles and hip flexors. As your strength progresses, introducing advanced variations becomes crucial to sustain the challenge. In this article, we delve into two advanced hanging leg raise techniques designed to push your limits and elevate your core strength.

Loading Progression

Take your hanging leg raises to the next level by incorporating a loading element. In the video below, a medicine ball is used, but feel free to substitute it with a dumbbell wedged between the feet or utilize ankle weights. The key here is progression through added resistance.

Execution:

• Hang from a sturdy bar with a grip slightly wider than shoulder-width.
• Secure a medicine ball or dumbbell between your feet, or use ankle weights.
• Engage your core and lift your legs, aiming for a 90-degree angle at the hips.
• Lower your legs back down with control, maintaining proper form.

Mastering this loaded version lays the foundation for the next level of intensity.

Negative-Accentuated Mastery

Once you’ve mastered the loading progression, it’s time to raise the bar, so to speak, with a negative-accentuated technique. This method emphasizes the eccentric or lowering phase of the exercise, amplifying the challenge.

Execution:

• Hang from the bar with your legs straight.
• Elevate your legs until your toes touch the bar.
• Slowly lower your legs, emphasizing the negative motion.
• Repeat, focusing on a controlled descent.

The combination of increased range and slow lowering intensifies the exercise, making each rep more demanding.

Incorporating Advanced Techniques

On lower body training days, consider pairing hanging leg raises with a non-competing exercise like calf raises or an antagonistic movement like reverse hypers. Begin with the loading version, gradually increasing reps and mastering control. As you progress, you can move on to the negative-accentuated technique, challenging your muscles in a new way. Remember, proper form is key – prioritize technique over the number of reps.

Challenge yourself with these advanced hanging leg raise variations, and witness a transformation in your core strength. Consistency and proper form are your allies on this journey to new heights in fitness.

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