Standing leg raises exercise will help target the inner and outer thighs while also helping to work the hip flexors very well also.

It is typically done as an accessory exercise towards the end of the session and can help really bring you to the point of full fatigue, finishing your workout off.

Standing Leg Raises How To

  • Start in a standing position, holding onto a nearby object. Note that if you want to add resistance to this exercise, you can do so by standing next to a cable pulley station and attaching the cable to one of your ankles (the ankle closest to the cable).
  • Keeping the body upright, slowly lift the leg (attached to the weight if using resistance) away from the body. You can move it to the side of the body to work the side hip, to the back of the body to work the glute, or to the front of the body to work the hip flexors.
  • Pause when you have lifted as high as you can go and then lower back down to complete the rep. Once all reps are completed, switch side and repeat.
  • Aim to do this to both front, back, and side for equal muscle development.

Form and Technique

Keep the movement slow and controlled to prevent momentum from taking over.  Be sure to squeeze the abs to prevent bending at the waist.

Variations:   Glute Kickbacks | Leg Lifts

Routine for Strength:  5 sets x AMRAP (30 secs rest between sets)

Routine for Muscle Gains:  5 sets x AMRAP (45-60 secs rest between sets)

Standing Leg Raises

How To Do Standing Leg Raises