With dumbbells in each hand, position feet under foot pad and lie supine on steep incline bench. Position dumbbells straight over shoulders.
Flex waist to raise upper torso from bench, keeping low back on bench. Return until back of shoulders contact padded incline bench. Repeat.
Keep weight above shoulders throughout movement. A standard incline crunch without additional weight should be performed until greater resistance is required. Incline bench shown is designed for chest exercises, not abdominal exercise. Flexible hip flexors are required if bench does not provide for fixed hip flexion. A relatively steep incline is required to adequately position abdominal against load throughout fuller range of motion. See Spot Reduction Myth.