Barbell Push Crunch

Barbell Push Crunch


Utility: Auxiliary
Mechanics: Isolated
Force: Push



Position feet under foot pad and lie supine on steep incline bench. Pull barbell from floor or grasp from rack behind with overhand grip. Position barbell over chest with shoulder width or slightly wider grip.


Flex waist to raise upper torso from bench, keeping low back on bench. Return until back of shoulders contact padded incline board. 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.

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