The Target Muscle in Straight Leg Raises

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The target muscle in straight leg raises is typically the iliopsoas muscle. Find out about the target muscle in straight leg raises with help from an experienced fitness professional in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Lisa with, here at Anytime Fitness, South Longview, Texas, and I'm going to talk to you today about the target muscles used in a straight leg raise. When you're doing a straight leg raise, you're using the iliopsoas muscles and the rectus femoris, that is your hip flexors. You're also using the tensor fasciae latae and the longest muscle in our body is the sartorius. It actually comes across the leg and around the knee. So, what is a straight leg exercise? I'm going to show you one lying down and one standing up. So, lying down, it's as simple as being on your back, belly buttons pushed into your spine, your lower back is engaged with the floor, lifting straight up and down. This is really good for exercising the hip flexors. If I add a little bit of weight to my ankles or even a band, I'm going to get a little bit more resistance. The way you do it standing up really the same way. You can put your hands on your hips, lift up and down. Depending on your flexibility, you may only be able to come right here. I really like a flexed foot with this too because you're getting a little work in the quad at the same time. So, lifting up, higher is great if you can do that. I like to have my clients do this nice and slow and actually move with it. So, I'll have them hold it for two counts, step forward, hold for two counts and step forward. And repeat that if they have the room about ten times across and ten times back. And those are the target muscles used in a straight leg raise.


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