In the case of squeezing in a exercise, Naomi Campbell makes no excuses鈥攖ogether with intercontinental journey. The mannequin, actor, and activist posted an Instagram video final week of a coaching session she did in Lagos, Nigeria, and from the transient glimpse we will get, Campbell鈥檚 exercises on the street are simply as intense as her stateside health club time. Within the video, Campbell demos a mendacity banded leg increase, a difficult core transfer that鈥檚 a lot more durable than it appears.

You possibly can try the video right here:

鈥淭hat is a sophisticated model [of leg raises, a classic lower-body move],鈥 Stephanie Mansour, Chicago-based licensed private coach, tells SELF. 鈥淭he purpose is to work the core, particularly the deepest layer within the abs.鈥

This leg increase variation is a core-centric transfer that targets a number of muscle tissues in your midsection.

As Mansour talked about, the train targets the deepest core muscle that wraps round your sides and backbone, the transverse abdominis. It additionally works the rectus abdominis (what you assume whenever you assume abs), because of the overhead arm positioning. On this place, your ribs naturally wish to flare out and your again naturally desires to arch, Mansour explains, which might be incorrect kind and would doubtlessly place undue stress in your decrease again. Your core muscle tissues鈥攑articularly your rectus abdominis鈥攈as to work more durable to remain contracted and forestall these actions, she says.

Although the core is the most important powerhouse on this transfer, particularly each time Campbell lowers and lifts her legs, it isn鈥檛 the one muscle group at play. This train additionally recruits the inside thighs (significantly through the upward and downward portion of the motion, when your legs are squeezed collectively), and the muscle tissues alongside the backbone, provides Mansour.

The band round Campbell鈥檚 calves makes the transfer much more troublesome鈥攁nd targets one more muscle.

This band, and the leg-opening actions Campbell does on the prime and backside of the train, goal the gluteus medius, the small muscle on the outer aspect of your butt that helps the hip and rotational motion of the thigh. The band makes these leg raises 鈥渁 extra managed train,鈥 explains Mansour and helps 鈥渮ero in" on the glute medius, which is commonly uncared for in frequent butt workout routines, like squats and lunges, that concentrate on the gluteus maximus (the most important muscle in your butt). It鈥檚 essential to work all of the muscle tissues in your butt鈥攖ogether with your glute medius鈥攁s this may scale back your likelihood of damage and higher energy your actions. Plus, having robust glutes generally will provide help to raise extra weight, preserve your physique within the right alignment throughout train, and will let you transfer extra simply and effectively by way of on a regular basis life.


Although Campbell does this transfer with the band just under her knees, you could possibly additionally place it round your ankles, James Brewer, NYC-based licensed private coach and licensed Spin and TRX teacher, tells SELF. 鈥淭his could goal the glutes much more,鈥 he says.

Right here鈥檚 find out how to do the transfer, plus suggestions for making it simpler or more difficult, relying in your health stage and objectives.

  • Lie in your again and place a resistance band round your calves a number of inches under your knees. Straighten your legs and press them collectively.
  • Relaxation your arms by your sides, palms down (a neater model of the transfer), or place them overhead like Campbell, grabbing a set object similar to a good friend鈥檚 legs, a chair, desk legs, and many others. (to make the motion more difficult).
  • Contract your abs to press your low again into the ground. Faux you鈥檙e holding a tennis ball underneath your chin and look straight head, says Brewer. (This may guarantee your chin is tucked and your neck isn鈥檛 strained.)
  • Preserving your legs straight, raise all of them the best way as much as the ceiling till they’re perpendicular to the ground.
  • From right here, press in opposition to the resistance band to unfold your legs aside right into a V.
  • Press your legs again collectively after which slowly decrease them till they're simply above the ground (or till simply earlier than your low again begins to arch and/or really feel strained, which will likely be larger for some individuals).
  • From right here, press in opposition to the resistance band to unfold your legs aside once more right into a V.
  • Press your legs again collectively after which slowly raise them again up.
  • That is 1 rep. Do 10 reps.

Although Campbell is ready to decrease her legs to simply above flooring stage, your reducing distance could also be extra restricted鈥攁nd that鈥檚 completely nice. Decrease your legs so far as you’ll be able to with out arching your low again off the ground. At that time, raise them again up. The objective right here is to maintain your low again regularly pressed into the ground, says Mansour, which is able to defend it from pressure. If you raise your legs again up, be sure to accomplish that with the ability of your core, and never the momentum of your legs.

One other technique to make the transfer simpler is by opening your legs right into a extra slim V on the prime and backside of the motion, suggests Mansour. You too can regulate the problem of the transfer by adjusting the tempo at which you decrease and raise your legs, provides Brewer. Slower reps will make the motion tougher, says Brewer, who recommends beginning with a three-count decrease and three-count increase. Lengthen this time the stronger you get.

Lastly, to hit much more of your core, heart a yoga block, kettlebell, or different similar-sized object out in entrance of you and as you decrease your legs down, raise each legs up and over the article from left to proper. This side-to-side movement will goal your obliques (the muscle tissues that run alongside the perimeters of your abdomen), Brewer explains.

Regardless of which iteration you select, do these banded leg raises at residence鈥攐r on the go, like Campbell鈥攆or an excellent core and lower-body problem.