Weighted Vertical Straight Leg Raise

Practical Usage

Incorporate this exercise into the routine of your choice with the upcoming ExRx app. Or use the workout creation guide for an evidence-based do-it-yourself approach.

Weighted Vertical Straight Leg Raise


Utility: Auxiliary
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Pull



Place weight between ankles or use no weight. Position forearms on padded parallel bars with hands on handles, and back on vertical pad.


With knees straight, raise legs by flexing hips until thighs are just past parallel to floor. Return until hips are extended. Repeat.


Rectus Abdominis and Obliques only contract dynamically if actual waist flexion occurs. With no waist flexion, Rectus Abdominis and External Oblique will only act to stabilize pelvis and waist during hip flexion. It may be necessary to completely flex hips before waist flexion is possible; see Weighted Vertical Leg-Hip Raise. Exercise can be performed without added weight until more resistance is needed (see Vertical Straight Leg Raise). Knees can flex along with hips to decrease intensity; see Weighted Vertical Leg Raise. Also see Spot Reduction Myth and Lower Ab Myth.

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