Incline Crunch

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Incline Crunch

Instructions

Preparation

Hook feet under foot brace and lie supine on incline board with hips bent. Place hands behind neck or head.

Execution

Flex waist to raise upper torso from bench. Keep low back on bench and raise torso up as high as possible. Return until back of shoulders contact incline board. Repeat.

Comments

If no knee support is built in to incline board, ball can be placed under legs. Hip and knee flexors may be involved as stabilizers if incline is steep and no calf support is used. Certain individuals may need to keep their neck in neutral position with space between their chin and sternum. See Spot Reduction Myth.

Easier

To make this movement easier, place arms further down on body. Movement can also be performed on lower height incline or on flat surface.

Harder

Exercise can be made more challenging by placing hands further up on head. See Arm Position During Waist Exercises. Exercise can also be performed on higher incline board or with additional weight.

Classification

 Utility: Auxiliary
 Mechanics: Isolated
 Force: Pull

Muscles

Target

Synergists

Stabilizers

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