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Decline Crunch

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How to do a Decline Crunch

  1. Put a bench in a decline position. Start at around 30 degrees to see how it feels and go from there.
  2. Lie on the bench and secure your legs on the knee and ankle pads.
  3. With your back against the bench, bring your hands to the sides of your head and take a breath.
  4. Initiate the crunch by engaging your abs and using them to lift your torso toward your thighs.
  5. Raise your torso as you simultaneously crunch in for maximum abdominal engagement. Your chest should come near to your knees at the top position.
  6. Hold the top position for a moment and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position.
  7. Take another breath and repeat.


Concentrate on your abs throughout the entire exercise. Don’t simply move your torso up and down. Instead, actively crunch yourself up and in on each repetition and practice a controlled descend where your abs are the primary muscles that work.

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