Knee-Hip Raise on Parallel Bars


This exercise is great because unlike crunches, this works mostly the lower abs.


  1. To begin, start your body off in the vertical position with your forearms resting on the pads with your hands holding onto te handles.
  2. Keep your back pressed up against the pad.
  3. Take your legs and lift them up & keep your knees bent on the way up while exhaling.
  4. Release your legs back down to the starting position while inhaling.
  5. Repeat this exercise for as many repetitions as needed.


  1. As you become more advanced you can rotate your pelvis forward at the top of the movement to really engage the lower abs.
  2. You may also straighten your legs to increase the difficulty of this movement.


  1. Do not swing you legs as this reduces the positive effect of this exercise.


Target Muscles

Lower Abs

Additional Muscles