Why Leg Raises Hurt Your Back

Why Leg Raises Hurt Your Back

BackMusclesAround 30 years prior we discovered that straight legged sit-ups were terrible for us since it brought about back agony. Be that as it may, aren’t lying or hanging leg raises the same thing as the straight legged sit-ups – done backward? Aren’t we utilizing the same muscles, whether we raise our legs and keep our abdominal area still or raise our abdominal area and keep our legs still? Awesome looking abs is sought by men and ladies, however lying or hanging leg raises are most likely one of the most exceedingly awful activities you can do.

Purpose behind it being terrible

To comprehend why this development is awful, you have to comprehend the essential bio-mechanics of how muscles contract to move the body. Essential life structures and physiology shows us that a muscle joins at two finishes. At the point when those two ends focus or connection focuses draw nearer together we get muscle constriction. It is the constriction of the muscle that pulls the end focuses nearer. At the point when the two ends focus move assist separated, the muscle extends and unwinds.


Take a gander at the bicep muscle, for an illustration. It joins at the highest point of your shoulder and just underneath the wrinkle of your elbow. When you twist your arm, or do a bicep twist, the two ends focus draw nearer together, and the muscle is in a condition of withdrawal. When you fix your arm the two focus move advance separated and the bicep muscle extends or unwinds.

Each muscle in the body works by this same “pulley” rule, including our eye muscles. Take a gander at the mid-section muscles. The pec’s append at the edge of your sternum and run askew into the highest point of your shoulder. As you lower the bar while doing seat press, the two end focuses move facilitate separated. The pec muscles are extending, however as you push the bar off your mid-section, the two endpoints draw nearer together. This causes the pec muscles to contract.

Look at the leg raise….


The muscles fundamentally in charge of raising the legs are the psoas muscles, NOT the stomach muscles. The regular name for the psoas muscle is the ‘hip flexor.’ The hip flexor joins at the upper/inside part of your thigh muscle and sits underneath your abs and digestion tracts and keeps running up and appends to your spinal section, all the more particularly your lumbar vertebra and circle. These muscles are famously known and ordinarily ignored for being an essential driver of back agony.

The stomach muscles append at the base of your ribs and summary past your gut catch and connect to the pubic bone. Keep in mind a muscle contracts when the two endpoints come nearer together.


To demonstrate to you that lying or hanging leg raises don’t particularly work the muscular strength; let me motivate you to lie level on your back. Place your right hand at the highest point of your pubic bone and your left hand on the base of your rib confine. Presently gradually raise your legs up to the roof, close to 90 degrees. Did your hands come nearer together?

On the off chance that you continue pulling your legs past that vertical position (90 degrees) and draw them nearer to your head, you will see that your pelvis will start to shake up towards your head. You ought to start to feel your hands draw nearer together. This is on account of you are at long last getting your stomach muscles. You are fundamentally doing an opposite crunch.

In the event that you keep your hands similarly situated and do a consistent crunch you will see your hands draw nearer together, which lets us know your stomach muscles are taking the necessary steps.


Ideally, this will clarify why crunches and turn around crunches are a portion of the best activities for your abs. Doing leg raises, or holding your feet six inches off the ground or having somebody toss your legs withdraw after you raise them is just going to make your hip flexors more tightly and put you at danger for back agony.

Advantages of leg lifts

Abdominal and Core Muscles

1The lower stomach muscles are the essential muscle gathering to profit by leg raises. Hanging leg raises weariness lower and upper muscular strength while floor leg raises basically advantage the lower abs. Reiteration of both activities expand the quality and definition that you find in your abs and the control that you have over your centre muscles. Changing the position of your legs from twisted to straight moves the centre of the activity and locations distinctive muscular strength.

Lower Back Muscles

Standard execution of leg raises brings down your danger for back wounds, back agony and back strain while performing different activities or routine exercises. In spite of the fact that back muscles are not the centre of the activity, any stomach and centre activities work to give expanded backing to the back. Since the lower abs are the centre of leg raises, these activities additionally bolster the lower back and expand your adaptability and quality.


Grip Strength

Leg raises when performed while hanging shape a jaw up bar or when you bolster yourself on a raised bend bar, you are likewise fortifying your hold. Hanging raises oblige you to bolster the heaviness of your whole body with your hands amid the activity, while upheld leg raises utilizing a bend bar permit you to utilize your grasp for equalization and backing.

Hip Flexors

A wide range of leg raises build the adaptability, readiness, and quality of the hip flexors. Both twisted knee and straight leg raises require hip joint development. In the event that you have awful hips or joint pain, address your specialist about your restrictions and get direction on how best to perform this activity.


Increase Benefits

Leg raises are most advantageous when you perform them gradually. Swinging your legs forward and backward makes energy as opposed to working the centre muscle bunches, so abstain from swinging. Additionally, take after the leg brings up in your stomach and centre workout with activities that work the restricting muscle bunch – the lower back particularly – and stretch before moving to the following some portion of your workout.


When you do a leg raise the initial 90 degrees of the leg raise is enacting the hip flexors, when you go past 90 degrees, the muscular strength start to contract and are in charge of raising the legs significantly further. Shockingly a great many people just do there leg raises inside that initial 90 degrees of scope of movement, which is just going to make them helpless to low back agony.


It doesn’t make a difference on the off chance that you twist your knees, or put your hands in the face of your good faith. The muscles in charge of raising your legs those initial 90 degrees are your hip flexors, not your abs. Go get an Anatomy and Physiology book and investigate where these muscles connect to better see what we are discussing.