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How to Do Leg Lifts

Mostly associated with dance-centric movies of the 1980s, leg lifts are also a shortcut to killer abs.


  • Step 1: Lie on back Lie down flat on your back on the floor.
  • Step 2: Place hands behind you Place your hands behind you, just above your glutes for support.
  • Step 3: Lift legs off ground Lift your straightened legs off the ground about 6 to 8 inches.
  • Step 4: Return to original position Return them slowly down to the original position—but do not rest them on the ground.
  • Step 5: Repeat Repeat, holding at both the top and the bottom for a few seconds.
  • TIP: You can do this with both legs or one leg at a time.
  • Step 6: Don't overdo it Don't overdo it. Work up to 15 or 20 reps over the course of a few weeks. Then add multiple sets.
  • FACT: Bill Kathan broke the world record for leg lifts in July 2002, when he did 24,630 in six hours.

You Will Need

  • A mat or some clean floor space
  • Leg warmers

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