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Thursday, 7 May 2015

How To Do Leg Lifts

Leg lifts

Target: abs, hip flexors
The most common mistake observed with leg lifts is allowing the lower back to arch excessively during the lift, which not only strains the back, but makes the move much less effective as an abdominal exercise.
"If you don't keep your back muscles and abs contracted, you're only working your hip flexors," says Nick. "If you're just starting out with this exercise, focus on doing a few while focusing on proper technique," he says. "You can increase the number of repetitions gradually."
To get the most out of this exercise, Nick advises lowering and lifting the legs slowly while keeping the abs under constant contraction and without letting your heels touch the ground. "When you feel your lower back starting to arch, it's time to stop." 
How to do leg lifts correctly:
  • Don't flatten your lower back against the surface – maintain the lower back's natural curve.
  • Keep your head and shoulders pressed against the floor.
  • Your neck should be relaxed.
  • Keep your abs contracted throughout the exercise.

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