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Straight-Leg Raise to the Back

Straight-Leg Raise to the Back

A man doing straight-leg raises to the back

These straight-leg raises help you strengthen the muscles in your buttocks and in the back of your thigh. Do 8 to 12 repetitions.

  • Lie on your stomach, and lift your leg straight behind you (toward the ceiling).
  • Lift your toes about 6 in. (15 cm) off the floor, hold for 5 seconds, then lower slowly.
By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy
Last Revised March 7, 2013

Last Revised: March 7, 2013

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Joan Rigg, PT, OCS - Physical Therapy

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