Using the weight of your body during ab workouts is a great intensifier in the contractions your abdominals take in as you curl them. As a variation of the regular ab crunch, try these more difficult but nonetheless effective ab workouts by increasing the angle of resistance your body encounters as it makes its way up during movements. Doing crunches on a decline may tire your lower back easily, so make sure that you do the ab workouts on an angle which is as steep as your body can comfortably take.
Doing ab workouts on a decline requires you to position yourself on a decline bench which is initially set at an angle of 30 degrees, and then hook your feet under the foot bar; in this position your knees would be bent at an angle of 90 degrees.
Place your fingertips at the sides of your head as you relax your neck. Your back should not be against the bench but slightly raised from it; this is the best starting position in your ab workouts. Begin the ab workouts by slowly and carefully curling your chest in towards your thighs, contracting the abs on the top, then slowly and carefully going back to your first position.
As your line of sight is practically lower than your midsection during the ab workouts, it would be advisable to focus your eyes on your knees in order to maintain your stability and avoid jerking your body sideways as you perform the movements.
Also take note that you hinge your crunches from the middle of your abdomen, and not from your hips, in order to maximize the contractions in your ab workouts. If by chance you would like to improvise on the use of a decline bench, you could place several weight plates beneath the end of a flat bench, or you could hook one end of a flat bench over a racked barbell before positioning yourself the same way in the previously mentioned ab workouts.
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