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How to Do Standing Leg Raise – Benefits, Variations, Workout Routines

2×30 reps /day
4-5 min

Muscles Involved: Abs, Legs

Benefits of Standing Leg Raise

This exercise is perfect if you want to tone your thighs and get rid of cellulite (the common problem of many women). Standing leg raises also increase strength in the lower body with an emphasis on the glutes and hamstrings. This exercise enhances core stability and balance. Besides, standing leg raises are good for warming up before a workout.

Depending on which direction (front, back, side, cross body) you raise your legs, you can engage different muscles of your lower body, thus, you are able to strengthen your hip flexors, glutes, inner and outer thighs. Such workouts are perfect for beginners since they are easy to perform. Doing standing leg raises regularly can improve body flexibility, which is important in hip rotation. Body and pelvic flexibility is also important for a healthy back.

In addition, this exercise does not require special equipment, you can do it at anytime and anywhere. After performing this exercise for a month you will notice that your thighs and glutes will become toned and attractive.

How to Do Standing Leg Raise

  • The initial position: standing straight, keep your feet at shoulder width, hold your hands on your waist;
  • Lift your right leg directly behind you, squeeze your butt at the top of the motion and then lower your leg;
  • Raise your left leg and lower it, then return to the initial position.

How many standing leg raises should I do per day?

Do as many standing leg raises as needed for each leg according to your workout routine or workout plan. In general, the first visible result is achieved after two-three weeks of doing not less than 30 standing leg raises for each leg three-four times a week.


  • Keep your core tight to minimize risk of injury;
  • Avoid bending forward at the torso during the exercise. Instead, keep your chest up tall and move only through your hips;
  • You can hold onto the back of a chair or put your hands on a wall for support;
  • This exercise can be used as a way to warm up before a workout;
  • If you want to increase the difficulty of the exercise, use ankle weights or elastic bands.

Leg Raise Variations

Standing Leg Raise Workout Routines

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