I love doing exercises with the cable machine! The exercises are much harder than using free weights, as the cable ensures that there is ALWAYS tension on the muscle being worked.
This exercise is similar to your basic leg raise, but using a bit of weight--thanks to the cable machine--will help to make it more effective. You are raising your leg to the rear, so it harnesses those glute muscles. You'll find that it's great for your core as well, and you'll notice the difference in no time!
Rear Cable Leg Raises
Stand facing the cable machine, with the ankle strap attached to the cable. Grasp the machine to stead yourself, and keep your back straight. Stand with all of your weight on your left foot, with the strap around your right ankle.
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Clench your core as you raise your right leg behind you, keeping that knee straight. Raise until just before you feel a twinge in your lower back, and slowly return your leg to its original position. Do not rest your weight on the floor, but simply touch the floor with your toe before doing the next repetition.
Repeat as desired (light weight, high rep sets are best)
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