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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.

Current as of: November 16, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine
Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Joan Rigg PT, OCS - Physical Therapy