Leg Raises

Beginner Level of Difficulty

The leg raise exercise must be done with proper form and tempo to ensure that the correct muscles are being used. Those muscles include the top of the buttocks and lower back.


Picture of Glutes


Gluteal Muscles (Glutes) are one of the strongest muscles in the body and are the connecting point between your legs and back muscles. Glutes are used in a variety of actions from moving the leg to extending and rotating the hip, as well as extending and rotating the trunk of the body.

Picture of Back (lower)

Back (lower)

The lower back is often not trained because it is not visible in the mirror. If you have weak lower back muscles, there is nothing to help pull back against the spine, putting you at risk of developing poor posture (hunched over). Weak lower back muscles can also lead to lower back pain.

Exercise Instructions

leg raises - step 1

Step 1

Start in a push-up position with your hands on the bench. Your shoulders should remain in line with your wrists. Keep your back straight and your abs tight while flexing your buttocks.

leg raises - step 2

Step 2

Keeping your legs straight and your body rigid, raise your leg off the ground and squeeze your glutes at the top of the motion.

leg raises - step 3

Step 3

Lower your leg to the floor and repeat.