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The Incline Weighted Crunch is a core exercise that primarily targets the abdominals but also works the obliques. This is an isolation exercise which is well suited to beginner lifters.



  • Use either a decline bench with a handle or an inclined ab bench.
  • If you can’t complete them whilst holding a weight, try starting off with just bodyweight.


  • Sit on an inclined ab bench or decline bench holding a plate or dumbbell.
  • Contract your abs to lift your torso off the bench until your back is at 45° to the floor.
  • Slowly lower your torso back down until it is just off the bench and repeat.

Abdominal Muscle Diagram.

Abdominal Muscles