- Attach cable ankle straps to both ankles. Sit on end of bench
facing pulley at bench height. Attach cable to both ankle straps.
Lie supine on bench until cable is taut. Grasp sides of bench
- Raise legs by flexing hips and knees until thighs are past
perpendicular to torso or before hips raise off of bench. Return
until hips and knees are extended. Repeat.
- Training partner or trainer may need to assist attaching
ankle cuffs to cable. Ankle cuffs may also be attached to cable
pulley in lowest position when feet are on floor but assistance
may be needed to raise pulley to bench height. Cable
Lying Leg Raise on floor is easier to set up.
- 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
Lying Leg-Hip Raise on Bench. Knees may be kept extended
throughout leg raise to increase intensity; see Cable
Lying Straight Leg Raise. Also see Spot
Reduction Myth and Lower