Leg Raises

leg raises

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On your elbows with your back on the backrest :

  • Inhale and back up your knees to your torso by rounding your back to feel your abs contraction.

  • Exhale at the end of the movement.

This exercise works the hips flexors, mainly iliopsoas, obliques and rectus abdominis (it’s the inferior part of the rectus abdominis which works intensely).

leg raises

action iliopsoas muscle

Variant

  1. To target the work on abs, it’s advisable to make small swings of legs with your rounded back, without ever lowering your knees below the horizontal.

  2. To increase the intensity, the movement can be done with your legs stretched but it’s necessary to have a good hamstrings flexibility.

  3. You can keep your knees grouped to your torso for a few seconds to have an isometric contraction.

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Stretching Of Glutes

stretching glutes

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Sitting on the floor with one leg stretched out and the other leg bent with your foot on the floor and moving from the outer side of your leg stretched. Press on the outer side of your knee bent with your opposite elbow. This exercise mainly stretches the muscles of the gluteus maximus and the lateral rotator group (piriformis, gemellus superior, obturator internus, gemellus inferior, quadratus femoris and obturator externus).

Variant

It’s possible to press on your knee with your 2 hands.

lateral rotator group muscles hip

stretching glutes variant

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Bent Over Lateral Raise

bent over lateral raise

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Standing with your legs apart and flexed. Your torso bent forward with your back straight. A dumbbell in each hand with elbows slightly bent :

  • Inhale and raise until to the horizontal

  • Exhale when you return to the start position

bent over lateral raise

This exercise work the whole of shoulders accentuating the work of the deltoid’s posterior beams of the. If you tighten your shoulder blades at the end of movement, you use trapezius (middle and inferior fibers), rhomboid, teres major and infraspinatus.

shoulder anatomy

Variant

It’s possible to do this exercise lying face down on an incline bench.

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