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BIM Lab: Leg Raise with Hip Abduction

We love this exercise. Not only does it challenge both your anterior core and your lateral hip stability. It also helps you improve your hip mobility. Specifically your hip flexion.

Another benefit has to do with HOW this exercise is completed. As you can see in the video, a Leg Raise with Hip Abduction is completed in an unloaded position—lying down as opposed to standing. Performing an exercise like this can provide you with an opportunity to focus on keeping your pelvis in a good position, while helping you learn how to engage your stabilizing muscles with control.

Give it a try and please comment if you have any questions.


  1. Keep your legs straight at all times
  2. Apply constant gentle pressure with the outside of your foot to the ball
  3. Keep your lower back position neutral or slightly flattened to ensure your lower abdominals stay engaged
  4. Keep your ribs set (pulled down and in)
  5. Keep your palms up (preferably)

You should feel this exercise in the side of your hip (gluteus medius) closest to the wall as well as in your abdominals (lower and obliques).

Use this exercises as a priming exercise in the beginning of your workout or as a stabilizing exercise at the end. We like to program for 3×8-12 for priming work, and 3×12-15 for more fatiguing stabilizing work.

We hope you found this exercise series helpful and if you have any questions or want to know more about anything featured in this post, please feel free to email Andrea at 

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Andrea Lawson has been a practicing Kinesiologist since 2008 and is the founder of Balance in Motion, a training facility created for people to rehabilitate from injuries, improve athletic performance, and crush their health and fitness goals. She is passionate about providing a space where anyone can step foot in and feel both comfortable and productive no matter the injury, age, or stage they may be at in their fitness journey. With this vision, Andrea has witnessed her clients achieve goals they never thought possible, and gain unmatched levels of confidence in themselves, helping them to Go Beyond Better.