Standing Side Leg Raise. How-to, proper form and tips

Standing Side Leg Raise icon

Simple exercise for the glutes and core without space or floor requisites.

Video demonstration

How to and step by step instructions:

  1. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  2. Raise one leg to the side, waist high, while inhaling.
  3. Hold the top position for one or two seconds.
  4. Bring the leg down slowly, exhaling.
  5. This is one rep.

Hints & tips:

  • Ok to hold on a chair to keep the balance.


  • Excellent exercise for the hip abductors.
  • Improves balance.

Counting & gamification:

  • Make series of 10 in specific moments of the day, such as when preparing to cook or turning the TV on.
  • Define a 'legs weekend' with a goal which is a high number.

Muscles worked and body parts involved:

Primary , Secondary

Primary muscles: Glutes, Hip Abductor

Secondary muscles: Abs, Hip Flexor, Quads

Other names

The exercise can be found with other names. Examples are:

  • Standing Side Leg Raise
  • Standing Lateral Leg Raise
  • Standing Side Leg Lift
  • Standing Lateral Leg Lift

Similar to Standing Side Leg Raise

Muscle: Glutes

Collection: Raising Legs

Flexibility: Hips

Category: Balance