Leg / Knee Raise on Parallel Bar

How to Leg / Knee Raise w/ Parallel Bar

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


: Beginner


: Other


: Strength, Toning

How to do Knee / Leg Raises on Parallel Bar:

Start Parallel Bar Leg Raise Exercise

Parallel Bar Ab Knee Raise Finish

  1. 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.
  2. Keep your body straight with your lower back pressed against the support pad. Your legs should be hanging and fully extended towards the floor.
  3. Slowly lift your legs up – you can bend at the knees or keep them extended as you complete this movement.
  4. 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.
  5. Slowly lower your legs down and return to the starting position.
  6. Repeat for the suggested number of repetitions.

Demonstration Video:

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