Incline Sit-Ups

Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Incline bench sit-ups
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, advanced
  • Equipment: Incline bench
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, chest, lower back, hips, neck
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 10-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

The incline sit-ups, with movements quite similar to the decline sit-ups, are an effective abs-building exercise performed on an incline bench or board. This advanced sit-up variation puts a lot of pressure on your lower back once you raise your shoulders off the bench. Therefore, doing incline sit-ups with the proper form is necessary to reduce the risks of injury.

Incline Sit-Ups Exercise Information

  • Alternative Names: Incline bench sit-ups
  • Type: Strength
  • Experience Level: Intermediate, advanced
  • Equipment: Incline bench
  • Muscles Targeted: Abs, chest, lower back, hips, neck
  • Mechanics: Isolation
  • Average Number of Sets: 2-3 with 10-15 reps each
  • Variations: None
  • Alternative: None

How to do Incline Sit-Ups

Incline Sit Ups

Set the angle of the incline bench to 30-45 degrees, and then sit on the inclined side so that your head is at the declined side of the bench. Make sure to hook your feet under the support bar or the foot pad. You may put your hands behind the head or keep them crossed in front of the chest.

Incline Bench Sit-Ups Tips

  • If you begin doing these sit-ups one or two times a week, you may increase the frequency to three or four times a week once you get used to doing it correctly.
  • You may do the exercise at home using an incline board instead, but be sure to have a trainer supervise your movements.

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