Which Is Better: Planks Or Crunches?
Wondering whether your time in the gym is better spent doing crunches or dropping and planking?
Well, if you’re looking for efficiency in exercise, in the battle between planks or crunches (fine, it’s not really a battle… the battle is actually getting to the gym!), the winner is… Planks!
Here’s why… (and, no, it has nothing to do with a bikini body!)
Planks Or Crunches? Here’s What You Need To Know
For a whittled waistline and firmer physique, you know you need to workout your core (it is, after all, responsible not only for cinching your stomach but also for strengthening your back and even improving your posture), yet few women really know how to tackle their abdominal muscles and tighten their cores in the most effective way.
If you’re like the vast majority of women, you think that 100 crunches a day will get the job done (and have you rocking a toned, Gisele-like tummy in no time) – but you’d be wrong…
While crunches do work your surface abs, you need to exercise your deeper (transverse) ab muscles, obliques and even your lower back to flatten your stomach and cinch in your belly (corset-style) – and planks are the best way to do just that! Plus, planks are safer on your back too – and work you shoulders, upper back and butt too – making it the ideal total body exercise!
But let’s be clear here: we’re not chatting planks (or crunches, for that matter!) because we think your belly (or ours!) is anything other than perfect as it is. But what we will say is this: a strong core isn’t about appearances, it’s about health (turns out, your organs like support… so does your back!).
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