Flat-Bench Leg Raise with Exercise Ball

Shape your lower abs with this challenging move from expert trainer Kim Oddo

November 12, 2012
Flat-Bench Leg Raise with Exercise Ball

WHY TRY IT?

Lying leg raises stimulate the lower abs for both muscle toning and shaping, and using an exercise ball helps recruit the inner thighs. It also helps slow down the motion, which allows you to concentrate on feeling the exercise in your abs vs. the hip flexors.

START

1/ Lie faceup on a flat bench with your legs extended.

2/ Hold an exercise ball firmly between your ankles and lower legs.

3/ Place your hands under your glutes, palms down, or grasp the sides of the bench.

EXECUTE

4/ Keeping your legs straight, raise them until they’re perpendicular to the floor.

5/ Exhale on the positive rep and hold the contraction at the top for one second.

6 / Inhale as you slowly lower your legs, keeping them straight and squeezing the exercise ball throughout the range of motion.



ABS WORKOUT

EXERCISE SETS REPS
Exercise-Ball Crunch 3 30, 25, 20
Exercise-Ball Bridge 3 30, 25, 20
Flat-Bench Leg Raise with Exercise Ball 3 30, 25, 20