Straight-leg raise to the back

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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 inches off the floor, hold for 5 seconds, then lower slowly.

Last Updated: March 6, 2009

Medical Review: William M. Green, MD - Emergency Medicine & William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Mary "Ginny" Virginia Keely, PT, MS, OCS, FAAOMPT - Physical Therapy

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