Starting Positions: Place the feet securely in the raised position on the board or under the foot pads on the decline bench and lie back on the bench.
Performing the exercise: With arms crossed across the chest or beside the head, slowly raise the head and shoulders, rolling the rib cage toward the hips. Continue upward until the shoulder blades are completely off the bench. Slowly lower to the starting position and repeat.
Tips: An abdominal board with a ladder allows for adjustment of the angle. It is important to breath through the exercise to prevent increased blood pressure, especially in the decline position.