- Hips & Buttocks
- Hip-flexor strength
- Quadriceps strength
The straight leg raise performed seated strengthens the hip flexors and quadriceps. This is a good exercise for anyone with limited balance and strength. The straight leg raise can be included in a lower body workout and may be particularly helpful for patellofemoral syndrome or patellar tendinitis.
- Seated on the ground, lean back with one leg out in front and the other leg bent.
- Pull the toes of the stretched-out leg back as far as you can and raise the entire leg up, keeping the knee straight.
- Return to the relaxed position.
- Bending the knee instead of keeping it locked