Most gyms have parallel bars to perform knee (or leg) raises. There are several variations of this movement and it’s an excellent exercise for strengthening and defining the abdominal muscles.
: Abs, Obliques
: Strength, Toning
How to do Knee / Leg Raises on Parallel Bar:
- Position yourself on the parallel bar so that your forearms are resting on the support pads and hold on to the handles. Your arms will be bent at a 90 degree angle.
- Keep your body straight with your lower back pressed against the support pad. Your legs should be hanging and fully extended towards the floor.
- Slowly lift your legs up – you can bend at the knees or keep them extended as you complete this movement.
- Proceed until your upper legs are roughly parallel to the floor (if extended) or tight against the body (bent knees) and then hold the contraction for a moment. Avoid using momentum or swinging during this exercise. For a slight variation to target the obliques, twist at the hips as you raise your legs and turn them to the side.
- Slowly lower your legs down and return to the starting position.
- Repeat for the suggested number of repetitions.
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