Skip the Crunches: This Trainer Has a Way More Effective Exercise For You

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We get it — you odium crunches. But as it turns out, you might be onto something; they might not be the most productive use of your gym time. Trainer and owner of LEKfit Lauren Kleban blow the whistle oned us that crunches are totally overrated, and she has a supereffective alternative for you to do instead.

«Timbers are safer and way more effective than crunches,» Lauren said. «They develop the entire core, engaging your legs, arms, and bum (via the glutes), which means you can flare more calories!»

That all sounds great, but why are crunches not as good? She clarified that crunches only work two muscle groups — the obliques and the rectus abdominis («your six- ck!»). They also put you at more gamble for injury in your back or neck «from holding your apex incorrectly in a crunch.»

So crunches aren’t bad for you — especially if you’re doing them correctly — but to Lauren’s promontory, if you want to make the most of your time, try planks instead. You’ll include more muscle groups and burn more calories. You don’t have to discriminate us twice! With that in mind, we’ll be taking up this plank contest . . . care to join us? You can also try our favorite crunchless ab workout, this on-the-floor, no-crunch ab workout, or a medicine-ball turn.

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