How to Perform the Side Seated Leg Lift

Muscles Worked: Glutes, hamstrings.

Starting Position: Sit on the floor with one knee bent so that your foot is flat on the ground. Fully extend the opposite leg with your toes pointing up. Place your hands with your palms down for support.

Action: Raise the straight leg 4 to 6 inches off the ground. Move the leg to the side away from the leg that is bent. Go out to the side as far as possible.

Return the leg to the starting position. Repeat for the determined number of repetitions.

Repeat the exercise for the other side.



1.     Keep the leg straight throughout the exercise.

2.     Keep the rest of your body as still as possible while doing a Side Seated Leg Lift.