The hip raise exercise is excellent for improving strength in the abdominal muscles. While the Rectus Abdominus is one sheet of muscle, the lower abs can be emphasized with this exercise.
To improve the effectiveness of this exercise and help create the strong and chiseled abdominals you desire, follow these tips.
- Place your hands under your hips above the gluts to support the lower back and prevent the hips from rotating.
- Draw in your naval toward your spine and hold then abdominals tight during the entire exercise.
- Don’t lower your legs further than 45 degrees to prevent additional stress to the lower back.
- Stop immediately if you experience pain in the low back.
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