inclined leg raises

It’s a mistake to have athletes do these with bad form.

We must incline the “board” (could be a mat) until they can do those with good technique.

leg raises

Doug Davis agrees. In fact, he feels we should start leg raises with young kids lying on the floor.

If they are not strong enough for those, Doug would put them on an incline, but with the feet higher than the head. Gravity assists rather than providing resistance.

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coach Rick

Career gymnastics coach from Calgary, Canada.

5 thoughts on “inclined leg raises”

  1. As bipeds we tend to have OVER developed hip flexors. We need to think WHY we do certain exercises. If the point of this is abdominal strength you should probably eliminate the first 90 degrees any way.

  2. A couple dumb questions: what’s considered bad form (legs apart)? Also, what are the risks of doing it with bad form (potentially harmful to the back)?

  3. respectfully disagree – its better to work a joint through full range than partial range. Also, its an unfair expectation to expect good control of multiple half leg lifts (L lifts) if they cannot successfully complete a single full lift AND multiple controlled full lifts.

    Also, rather than “over developed” hip flexors, its more that there is usually a weakness in glute med/min and hip abductors/adductors, whereby iliopsoas dominates movements in which it should be providing a supplemental role only.

    to often exercises are completed in a single plane only, especially flexion. Multi planar movements should be encouraged and ALL the muscles of the hip should be utilised to their full extent.

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