Reverse Crunch on Incline Bench

Edited by Dr. Massimo Bonazzelli


The reverse crunch exercise on incline bench is also known as Inclined bench reverse crunch, Inclined bench rising flag

Type of Exercise

Reverse Crunch on Incline Bench is a monoarticular exercise


  • Reverse crunch on flat bench press
  • Reverse parallel crunch
  • Reverse Bar Crunch

Reverse Crunch on Incline Bench: Execution

The starting position sees the athlete lying on his back on an inclined bench with his hands grasping fixed points usually located behind the head. The back is extended, the hips can be flexed to 90 ° (monoarticular variant), or extended ( biarticular variant), while the knees can be flexed (easy) or extended (difficult). The execution consists in performing a complete flexion of the hips (in the case of a bi-articular variant) followed by a flexion of the lumbar spine (in the case of a bi-articular variant). if you want to perform the monoarticular variant, the exercise begins with this action) by pushing the knees (variant with knees bent) or feet (variant with knees extended) upwards (very difficult; also known as rising flag) or towards the head (traditional reverse crunch). All unaffected joints should remain motionless. By performing the "rising flag" exercise, the hips partially extend. In any variant, it is necessary to avoid exerting excessive traction force through the upper limbs which must be limited to preventing the athlete from slipping due to the inclination of the bench.

Muscles involved in the Reverse Crunch exercise on the incline bench

Group 0

  • Rectus abdominis
  • External obliques
  • Internal obliques
Flexion of the column

Group 1

  • Rectus femoris
  • Ilopsoas
  • Tensor of the fascia lata
  • Long adductor
  • Short adductor
  • Sartorio
  • Pettineo
Hip flexion (optional)

Group 2

  • Gluteus maximus
  • Semitendinosus
  • Semimembranous
  • Long head of the hamstring
  • Ischial head of the great adductor
Hip extension (very small)

Function of the stabilizing muscles: Stability of the spine and hips, knees, elbows, shoulders and shoulder blades

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