Please read our guidelines section before attempting any of our free weight muscle building abs exercises.
Technique - If you are using a decline abs bench you will need to use a second weight bench to raise it's height to a flat position before starting the exercise. Sit down on the weight bench and hook your feet into the supports, at this point it may be easier if someone can hand you the barbell. Grip the barbell in a wide position with your palms facing forwards evenly behind your neck and start the exercise when you are ready. Inhale as you lower your upper body down in a slow, controlled manner keeping your back straight whilst maintaining control over the barbell. Stop when your shoulder blades are brushing the weight bench but do not lay down. Exhale as you raise your upper body back to the starting position again keeping your back straight whilst maintaining control over the barbell. Lean forwards at the top of the motion and squeeze in your abs muscles.